Warriors Title Favorites in NBA Playoffs
- Updated: April 13, 2017
With Kevin Durant back in action the Golden State Warriors are at full strength heading into the playoffs and listed as the clear betting favorites on the odds to win the NBA championship.
Golden State is the -160 favorite on the NBA championship odds, with Durant having returned from injury and joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and company on a Warriors team that posted the best record in the league this season. That has Golden State as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, and they’ll take on the No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.
And the Warriors have had no trouble beating the Blazers recently, sweeping them in their four meetings during the regular season and knocking them out of last year’s playoffs in the second round in just five games. Overall Golden State has a 9-1 SU mark in its last 10 games against Portland dating back to last season, covering the spread in six of those 10 matchups.
The Trail Blazers, though, are riding a 2-0 ATS run against the Warriors heading into the postseason, covering in a 125-117 road loss as a 16-point underdog on January 4 and in a 113-111 home loss as a 6-point underdog on January 29. Those games split 1-1 on the OVER/UNDER but the OVER is 7-3 in the last 10 games between Golden State and Portland.
Spurs, Rockets Set For Grizzlies, Thunder
The San Antonio Spurs didn’t manage to overtake the Warriors for top spot in the West despite Durant’s injury this season, so they’ll be the No. 2 seed in the conference this spring and take on the No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. The Spurs, though, actually had a bit of trouble against the Grizzlies this year, going 2-2 SU but 0-4 ATS in their four meetings. San Antonio, however, did sweep Memphis in the first round of the NBA playoffs last season.
San Antonio is at +600 on the NBA title odds, while Memphis is a +15000 longshot on the list. The other two Western Conference first-round matchups are then the Houston Rockets against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Utah Jazz against the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston, at +1600 on the NBA championship odds, went 3-1 SU against Oklahoma City (+12500), and the Rockets have just one ATS loss in their last 10 games against the Thunder.
Cavaliers the Class of the Eastern Odds
Meanwhile, the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers are behind only the Warriors, who they beat in last year’s Finals, on the odds to win the NBA championship this spring at +333. And even though the Boston Celtics finished as the top seed in the East, they’re farther back at +1600 on the NBA title odds. Boston will be up against the Chicago Bulls in their first-round playoff series, while Cleveland starts their title defense this week against the Indiana Pacers.
Rounding out the playoff bracket is then the Toronto Raptors against the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Washington Wizards against the Atlanta Hawks. Toronto and Washington are the third and fourth seeds in the East, and both are at +4000 on the odds to win the championship.
*Odds as of April 13, 2017