Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will require surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to Royce Young of the Daily Thunder blog.
There is no timetable for his return.
The Thunder were +400 to win the NBA title and -125 to win the Western Conference at the Las Vegas Hotel SuperBook on Thursday before the first round of the playoffs began. The Thunder went from +300 to +350 to win the title at the MGM Mirage and cut San Antonio's odds to win the Larry O'Brien trophy from +800 to +400. Oklahoma City was -2,000 to win this series with Houston a +1,200 underdog at online book CarbonSports.ag.
Oklahoma City opened as a 3-point favorite in Game 3 across the board and the game is now a pick at some shops. The total has gone from 211.5 to 208.
"We opened at OKC -3 and it's down to a pick without him, so he's good for three points," Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at the MGM Mirage told Covers. "Now, that he's out, (Houston) can double team (Kevin) Durant much easier."
"This is a huge injury and potentially alters the entire playoff landscape," Michael Stewart, oddsmaker at CarbonSports.ag told Covers. "Thunder went from -3.5 and now getting 1.5 points. We closed all our futures and will probably keep them closed until we know more."
The team said that Westbrook suffered his injury in the second quarter of Game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday.
Westbrook has never missed a regular season or playoff game in his career. He averaged 23.2 points and 7 assists per game during the regular season.
OKC is up 2-0 in the series against Houston, going 1-1 ATS (against the spread) and 0-2 O/U (over/under).