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NBA Odds: MVP-Worthy Westbrook Gives Thunder a Fighting Chance

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The Oklahoma City Thunder has hovered around the Western Conference playoff bubble for the majority of the 2014-2015 season, making them compelling NBA betting options for those considering underdogs. Their recent play, with Kevin Durant on the sideline, suggests that the club is as risky as intriguing.

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Between guard Russell Westbrook’s wild scoring tear, the triple-double streak and his general 27.6, 7.2 and 8.6 averages, he has proven to be a very deserving MVP candidate. While Westbrook’s play has been downright historic since the All-Star Break, the Thunder has struggled to hang onto the eight and final berth in the West. The Thunder is 42-32 straight up and 37-35-2 against the spread.

With an upcoming schedule that includes matches with Dallas, Memphis, Houston and San Antonio this week alone, their final two weeks of the regular season will be a challenge.

With Durant out for the year, his teammates have their work cut out for them. While his absence has helped push Westbrook to the next level of stardom, there’s no guarantee that the guard’s transformation will help improve their odds of winning the NBA Championship.

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