Most people who follow basketball will predict the Golden State Warriors to beat the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, but the extent to which they’re favorites is still shocking.
The Warriors opened as a 10 to 10.5-point favorite over the Spurs in Game 1 of their upcoming series based on a look at a few different sportsbooks. That’s a pretty wide margin for what’s supposed to be the two top teams in the conference.
— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) May 12, 2017
What’s even more startling is how large of a favorite the Warriors are to win the series. 5Dimes sportsbook has the Warriors as a -1000 favorite, meaning you would have to wager $100 on them to win $10.
Vegas not expecting a competitive Western Conference Finals in any way, shape for form. Series line via 5Dimes:
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) May 12, 2017
Westgate Las Vegas has the Warriors as an even greater favorite. They have Golden State as -1600 odds, which means you’d have to wager $160 that they win the series in order to profit $10. Bookmaker.eu lists the Warriors as -1050 for the series.
Those odds are similar to what you’d see when Floyd Mayweather fights one of his inept opponents. It’s safe to say NBA fans are expecting a third straight trip to the Finals for the Warriors.