Indiana Pacers star forward Danny Granger will miss at least three months after receiving an injection to treat patellar tendinosis in his left knee.
Granger had yet to play this season while dealing with the knee problems. He led the Pacers in scoring last season, averaging 18.7 points per game. The 6-foot-8 small forward originally injured his knee in the postseason last year and underwent painful blood-platelet treatment earlier this fall.
Indiana opened the year priced at 20-1 to win the NBA Championship, 8-1 to win the Eastern Conference and a -125 favorite to win the Central Division due to the knee injury to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.
The Pacers are currently 40-1 to win the NBA title, 16-1 to win the East and +120 to win the Central behind Chicago, which is set as a -130 favorite.
Indiana has started the season 2-2 SU and ATS, with one of those losses coming to the Charlotte Bobcats last Friday. The Pacers fell 90-89 as 7-point road favorites.
"Maybe if you have (Granger) he closes that (Charlotte) game out," Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart, who lost 106-98 in overtime to the Pacers Saturday, told reporters. "Not having your go-to guy can change a lot of things."
Indiana visits the Atlanta Hawks as 36.5-point road underdogs Wednesday night.