Denver’s title hopes took a massive hit on Tuesday morning.
The team announced that star guard Jamal Murray has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and will be out indefinitely. He suffered the injury during a loss to Golden State in primetime on Monday.
The Nuggets had won 17 of 20 games prior to their recent two-game skid. Murray was averaging 21.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. He scored 26.5 PPG in 19 playoff games last season.
Sportsbooks were quick to make adjustments to Denver’s title odds following Tuesday morning’s news. The Westgate SuperBook moved the Nuggets from 14/1 contenders to 100/1 longshots.
Other books were not quite as severe in their price moves. BetOnline adjusted Denver from 14/1 to 25/1 after the injury.
Dave Mason and Co. moved the Nuggets from 7/1 to 12/1 to win the Western Conference.
Murray had just returned from a four-game absence after dealing with right knee soreness. He was heading toward the rim on a drive before planting awkwardly and going down in serious pain.
“Everybody knows Jamal is a huge, huge piece to this team, alongside Nikola (Jokic),” Denver point guard Monte Morris told ESPN. “Averaging bunch load of points and just his leadership out there, he does everything. Seeing him go down like that, never, never that you could even think that was going to happen.”
Denver is currently in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 34-20 record. It is one game ahead of the Lakers in the standings and six games behind Utah for the top spot.
BetMGM adjusted Denver’s title odds from 16/1 to 30/1 following the injury. The Nuggets are BetMGM’s biggest liability in the futures market, according to Ben Fawkes of VSiN.
Murray is listed as out indefinitely, but he is likely going to miss the remainder of the season. It will put even more pressure on Jokic, who is averaging 26.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists. He is shooting 56.5% from the floor and 41.8% from the 3-point line.
The Nuggets will host Miami on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. ET. BetOnline has Denver listed as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 214.