The Warriors Are The Biggest Favorite In Sports Betting History To Win The Championship Next Year
Before the season began, the Golden State Warriors were heavily favored to win the NBA Finals. The Warriors began the 2016-17 season as -150 favorites and remained on top of Las Vegas odds boards throughout the season, ESPN reports.
Despite LeBron James becoming the first player in NBA history to average a triple double in the Finals (33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists), his Cavs were only able to narrowly avoid a sweep to a Warriors team that otherwise remained undefeated throughout the playoffs.
When free agency hits July 1, Steph Curry is an unrestricted free agent and Kevin Durant has a player option, but both would be delusional to leave a juggernaut in sunny California. Vegas bookies know this. And that is precisely why this morning, the Warriors opened at -200 to win the NBA championship in 2018. In other words, you’d have to wager $200 to win $100.
“They’re going to be the highest favorite we’ve ever had going into a season, any team in any sport,” Jeff Sherman, NBA oddsmaker at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, told ESPN.
The Cavs are by far and away the no. 2 favorite to win it all next year, the only other team with single digit odds at 3-1 through the SuperBook. The San Antonio Spurs are next at 12-1, followed by the Celtics at 15-1. Every other team is listed at 30-1 or more.
If you’re looking to get rich off a small investment, throw $100 on the Magic, Nets or Spurs and hope literally everyone in the league gets injured. They’re all currently listed at 1,000-1 odds.