Bulls ‘Jaw Breaking’ In-Fighting, Big Star Injury Opening Night Likely to Alter NBA Odds

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Oct/17/2017

Opening night turned somber when the Celtics' new star Gordon Hayward went down with a fractured ankle.

Hayward was stretchered off the floor in Cleveland after suffering the horrific-looking ankle injury a little more than five minutes into his Boston debut Tuesday night.

The Celtics had the 3rd shortest odds of winning the 2018 NBA Championship entering Tuesday night’s season opener.

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Then there was the Bulls player who suffered a broken jaw at the hands of one of his own teammates.

Nikola Mirotic suffered broken facial bones in altercation with teammate Bobby Portis during an earlier practice Tuesday.  He also suffered a concussion.

From ESPN.com:

The players had been talking trash to one another in practice, going back and forth before those exchanges escalated into a physical encounter, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Mirotic charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic's face, league sources said. Mirotic dropped to the floor and lay there for several minutes before getting up, league sources said.

Mirotic is expected to undergo surgery.

Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, and was expected to start for Chicago this season.

Portis, 22, averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, and was battling Mirotic for the team's starting power forward spot.

Chicago opens the season Thursday night in Toronto.

Odds to win the 2017-18 NBA Finals (6/15/18)

Team

Odds

Golden State Warriors

5/8

Cleveland Cavaliers

7/2

Boston Celtics

8/1

Houston Rockets

12/1

San Antonio Spurs

12/1

Oklahoma City Thunder

16/1

Minnesota Timberwolves

33/1

Milwaukee Bucks

66/1

Washington Wizards

66/1

Denver Nuggets

100/1

Miami Heat

100/1

New Orleans Pelicans

100/1

Philadelphia 76ers

100/1

Toronto Raptors

100/1

Los Angeles Clippers

125/1

Los Angeles Lakers

150/1

Portland Trail Blazers

200/1

Utah Jazz

200/1

Charlotte Hornets

250/1

Dallas Mavericks

250/1

Detroit Pistons

250/1

Memphis Grizzlies

250/1

Atlanta Hawks

500/1

Brooklyn Nets

500/1

Chicago Bulls

500/1

Indiana Pacers

500/1

New York Knicks

500/1

Orlando Magic

500/1

Phoenix Suns

500/1

Sacramento Kings

500/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Eastern Conference (6/1/18)

Team

Odds

Cleveland Cavaliers

2/3

Boston Celtics

11/5

Milwaukee Bucks

18/1

Washington Wizards

20/1

Miami Heat

25/1

Philadelphia 76ers

25/1

Toronto Raptors

25/1

Charlotte Hornets

50/1

Detroit Pistons

100/1

Orlando Magic

100/1

Atlanta Hawks

200/1

Brooklyn Nets

200/1

Chicago Bulls

200/1

Indiana Pacers

200/1

New York Knicks

200/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Western Conference (6/1/18)

Team

Odds

Golden State Warriors

4/11

Houston Rockets

7/1

San Antonio Spurs

7/1

Oklahoma Thunder

8/1

Minnesota Timberwolves

20/1

Denver Nuggets

50/1

Los Angeles Clippers

66/1

New Orleans Pelicans

66/1

Los Angeles Lakers

80/1

Portland Trail Blazers

100/1

Utah Jazz

100/1

Dallas Mavericks

125/1

Memphis Grizzlies

125/1

Phoenix Suns

250/1

Sacramento Kings

250/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Atlantic Division (4/11/18)

Team

Odds

Boston Celtics

1/4

Toronto Raptors

9/2

Philadelphia 76ers

10/1

New York Knicks

33/1

Brooklyn Nets

200/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Central Division (4/11/18)

Team

Odds

Cleveland Cavaliers

1/15

Milwaukee Bucks

7/1

Detroit Pistons

20/1

Indiana Pacers

100/1

Chicago Bulls

250/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Southeast Division (4/11/18)

Team

Odds

Washington Wizards

10/17

Miami Heat

11/4

Charlotte Hornets

13/4

Orlando Magic

33/1

Atlanta Hawks

50/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Northwest Division (6/1/18)

Team

Odds

Oklahoma City Thunder

5/8

Minnesota Timberwolves

11/4

Denver Nuggets

5/1

Portland Trail Blazers

16/1

Utah Jazz

20/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Pacific Division (6/1/18)

Team

Odds

Golden State Warriors

1/50

Los Angeles Clippers

20/1

Los Angeles Lakers

50/1

Phoenix Suns

250/1

Sacramento Kings

250/1

Odds to win the 2017-18 Southwest Division (4/11/18)

Team

Odds

Houston Rockets

20/27

San Antonio Spurs

13/10

New Orleans Pelicans

14/1

Memphis Grizzlies

20/1

Dallas Mavericks

50/1

- Tyrone Black, Gambling911.com

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