The Pacers Paul George is out for the season while Marshawn Lynch finally arrives at camp but what do these two events do to their respective teams' NBA and NFL odds?
By George He's Done!
The Pacers may have been the top dog in the Eastern Conference at the end of this past regular season but the odds of repeating those regular season heroics just got a whole lot longer with the devastating injury to small forward Paul George. Scrimmaging with the USA National Team, George sustained a compound fracture to both the tibia and fibula in his right leg and his prognosis for this upcoming season is as dire as his injury.
George played in all 80 games last season and his 21.7 points combined with his close to seven boards per game is not easily replaced. The Pacers have the unenviable position of residing in the suddenly hyper competitive Central Division with the Chicago Bulls and of course the new look Cleveland Cavaliers. As you may recall the Pacers wilted down the stretch of the regular season and were nearly ousted in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks. Indiana ultimately rallied and advanced to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where they defeated the Wizards in six but then bowed to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Even with George this team was devoid of the requisite killer instinct and struggled to put far less talented teams away. Now that Paul George will be sidelined for the entire season, it's time to relegate Indiana to longshot status. Currently the NBA odds on the Pacers are 6-1 to win the division and their NBA odds to win the Eastern Conference have skyrocketed from +350 to as high as +2000 at PaddyPower.com. Paddy is also dealing odds of +4000 on Indy to win the NBA Championship this season. If they don't find a way to fill the void that George's absence presents then this group of Pacers might as well be 100-1.
Marshawn Lynch Back in Uniform
In NFL news the word out of Seattle is that Marshawn Lynch didn't get exactly what he wanted but did get a few more bucks in his bank account to ply his trade in Seattle this season. Lynch walked despite being offered an additional $1.5 million to his contract back in May when he grumbled to ownership that the $5 million he had coming in 2014 just wasn't gonna pay the bills. Lynch balked at the overture insisting that he receive his entire 2015 salary in addition to his 2014 salary for a total of $10 million this season. "Ah, yeah that ain't happenin'", said General Manager John Schneider (I'm paraphrasing but I'm sure he thought exactly those words when Lynch's demands were made clear) and so Lynch walked.
The Seahawks decided to end the stalemate and issued an ultimatum to Lynch's camp. Either Lynch comes back to the fold with an extra $1.5 million that was offered originally or he better start coughing up money for the close to $500,000 in fines for missing camp. Team officials gave Lynch until this week to come back to the fold or the fines would be enforced and the whining money they promised would be rescinded.
Apparently Lynch isn't happy but he magnanimously decided to accept their offer and join his teammates while he grapples with the anguish of living off only $125,000 per week. But Lynch's presence at camp will keep the NFL odds for the defending Super Bowl champions firm as Seattle is the odds on favorite to win the big one yet again this season. Every offshore book from Bet365.com to WilliamHill.com has the 'Hawks at 5-1 to 6-1 in the NFL odds they're dealing to win it all. With Lynch back in camp, those odds might not be so bad.