The Portland Trail Blazers may not be favored to win the 2018 NBA Championship, but their odds are significantly better now than just a month ago, according to Bovada, an online sports wagering site. The oddsmakers routinely send the lines to sports media; most incidences are unremarkable. But this round of odds reflects a dramatic turn of fortune for the Blazers, as shown in the table below:
On March 1st, one month ago, the Blazers were listed at 350/1 to win the title. They’re now at 40/1. Granted, credible participants have narrowed and odds depend on public perception of betting lines, but that still represents a jump from the 17th position among 20 potential teams to the 7th, plus the greatest increase in actual odds on the chart.
There’s a huge difference between the teams at the top of the standings and Portland’s position, but the leap in just one calendar month has been impressive.