To put it simply, the Golden State Warriors have been the golden boys of the NBA for several years, even if they haven’t won a championship since the 2017-18 season. With the playoffs only a few months away, it’s time to start considering where to place your bets.
The Warriors might seem like everyone’s favorites, but are they really the favorites to win the title? They dominated the NBA in the mid-2010s and are still a great team and a fun team to watch. Is that enough to justify placing a bet on them though or should you consider what the bookmakers have to say?
If you’re feeling like there are too many different opinions on the subject or you’re just a little tired of listening to all of the pundits yammering on about the odds for their favorites for the title, consider using a sports betting guide as your one-stop shop.
The best guides, like the one at World Sports Network (WSN.com), will not only clearly and concisely lay out the odds for you, they’ll also provide you with links to reputable sportsbooks. Once you’re ready to place your bet, simply scroll through the list until you find the sportsbook that best meets your needs and you’re on your way to potential glory.
Things to consider
Before we jump to the opinions of the bookies on the Warriors’ chances in the upcoming playoffs, we should start by looking over the season so far and taking a peek at the other teams that have a good chance of winning the championship.
In the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns are currently sitting in the No. 1 spot at the top of the table. They are on an 8-game winning streak and just keep looking better and better as the season goes on. The Suns might not be unstoppable, but they are seeming to be pretty close to it.
The other two teams in the Western Conference that are vying with the Warriors are the Memphis Grizzlies and the Utah Jazz. Their traditional rivals, the LA Lakers, are hanging down near the middle of the table and don’t appear to be a threat this season unless matters change drastically.
In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, and the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks are all vying for the top spot in a tightly contested top half of the standings.
Overall, considering the win percentage of each team, it looks like it will be a team from the Western Conference that wins the Championship this year. The Heat, for instance, have a win percentage of .646 while the Suns have one of .809. The top three teams in the Western Conference all have a higher win percentage than the Heat do.
The Brooklyn Nets are the current favorites to win. The odds on the Nets are sitting at +250. While the team has struggled with injuries throughout the season so far, they have also routinely proved how resilient and capable they are. Their current rank in the standings is largely due to a bad bout of Covid-19 that kept many of their star players off the court for multiple games. Much of their success is thanks to the on-court combination of Kevin Durant and James Harden.
The current odds of the Warriors winning the Championship are +475. If you’re unfamiliar with betting terminology, this essentially means that on a $100 bet you would win $475. These aren’t the best odds, but they are still very, very good.
One of the reasons that bookies are favoring the Warriors as much as they are is Stephen Curry. The point guard is nearly unstoppable, especially when he is shooting one of his signature 3-pointers. A team isn’t just one player though. Head Coach Steve Kerr understands this and has worked to build a team that works well together, without an excess of ego or posturing.
Kerr’s other star players include the versatile Draymond Green at power forward and center and Andrew Wiggins — a small forward who has become a scoring machine and NBA All-Star for the Warriors. New additions to the team that have already proven their value include Gary Payton II, son of the legendary Gary Payton and a talented point guard in his own right, and Jonathan Kuminga, a 19-year-old power forward whose age hasn’t stopped him from impressing his teammates and opponents.
With over two full months left of the regular season, it may be too early to call which teams will end up vying for the Championship title. If the season continues as it has, however, the Golden State Warriors just might bring the trophy home again.