So Far, Odds Makers Not Betting On Trail Blazers
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Just after the Spurs were crowned 2014 Champs in June, the Blazers were in the neighborhood of 30-to-1 underdogs.
Since free agency, trades, and injury have affected rosters, Portland have been downgraded. Most betting sites and indexes have downgraded the Blazers' chances to 40-1. (See the chronology here.)
For reference, the Blazers have been given similar prospects to the Washington Wizards and Paul George-less Pacers (it should be noted, however, the Wizards' and Pacers' odds reflect an easier path through the Eastern Conference).
In the West, Portland are generally ranked above the Grizzlies (50-1) and below the Warriors (22-1).
Oddly enough, most sites prefer the Rockets (16-1) over Portland, even after the Blazers knocked Houston out of last year's playoffs. It's even more puzzling to consider that Houston's roster, what with the departures of Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik, has thinned considerably.
In regards to Portland, bookmakers seem to suggest that they don't like what they've seen this summer from the front office--that Mo Williams will be missed, and that Chris Kaman and Steve Blake aren't enough to fill the hole.
Related Slideshow: The Best Wieden + Kennedy Ads for Nike
Take a look at a swarth of Nike ads created by Wieden and Kennedy throughout the years.
From claymation to technology to the the ultimate child prodigee - Wieden has done it all to help create and reinvent the Nike brand.
The early Nike ads were maybe not the most creative by today's creative standards, but the brilliance of the Nike Evolution ad was that it made a sneaker a piece of technology. It may be the first time that a sports product was sold with the idea that an athlete could gain an advantage through apparel or footwear.
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