It’s bizarre to think of the Golden State Warriors sneaking anywhere but such has been the odd nature of this NBA season.
A first round 4-1 drubbing of the San Antonio Spurs did little to convince the market that the Warriors are back to their all-conquering best despite being seen as one of the two sides most likely to win the NBA championship this season.
The Warriors have however done enough to overtake their top rivals, the Houston Rockets, to lead all books but they are far more tasty than anyone expected they would be at the All Star break.
A concerning 7-10 stretch to close the season saw the Warriors fall a little in the 2018 title futures. A 5-1 start to the playoffs — including blowing the doors off New Orleans in Game 1 (123-101) has put them back in familiar territory: stand-alone favorite. Even without Steph Curry, the Dubs have been able to flip the proverbial switch and look every bit as strong as the team that dominated last postseason.
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Now a select few of these books are giving around +110 to win their second straight championship, well ahead of Houston at +160.
As for the Rockets, the best thing bettors could have hoped for happened at the start of their series with the Utah Jazz. The Jazz gave Houston the top of wake-up call game that will have the market cool a bit and bring them back into play for punters. Even with the temporary loss of home court advantage, the Rockets still possess far too deep and talent a roster to fall short at the conference semi-finals, particularly with Chris Paul hungry to finally make the third round of a post-season.
Look for the Rockets to take care of business in six games, this is a decent Utah side, which should put them in a lovely spot for bettors just before they lock horns with a Golden State side looking for that all-elusive back-to-back run of championships.