The Golden State Warriors are –150 favorites to win the NBA title. Believe it or not, those basketball odds are just about right. But, do you know how are the Dubs doing ATS?
It seems no lead is safe in sports these days. Just ask the Golden State Warriors, who famously blew a 3-1 lead in last year’s NBA Finals. But as they say, when life gives you lemons, you put them in the fridge and go sign Kevin Durant. Now the Warriors are priced at –150 to regain their title, according to the NBA odds list over at Bovada. Crazy? Maybe not; FiveThirtyEight have the Dubs pegged at 60 percent to win the championship, which works out to... drum roll please... –150. Feel free to use the SBR Betting Odds Converter if you want to fact-check while we preview this weekend’s top attractions.
Friday 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
I’ll be a monkey’s uncle: The Indiana Pacers are winning. A lot. So are the Wizards, but they were supposed to be pretty good this year; having almost everyone healthy at once has done wonders for the Wiz. The last piece of the puzzle, former Indiana center Ian Mahinmi (+2.4 BPM last year), could be back in action by Friday, as well. By the way, Washington has a point differential of +2.2 per game thus far, well ahead of Indiana at +0.2.
Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Durant (+7.9 BPM) will no doubt get the proverbial Bronx cheer when he makes his return to OKC, but injuries to Zaza Pachulia (+3.3 BPM) and David West (+2.4 BPM) could take some of the starch out of this game. Too bad, because Golden State has been a hot NBA pick the past few weeks. Make sure to check the injury reports on this one before placing your bets. OKC are vulnerable right now with Enes Kanter (0.0 BPM) out until March after breaking his forearm while punching a chair.
San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
Sunday 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
The Knicks have been profitable this year, but there’s a new problem that’s way more important than this whole Carmelo Anthony-Phil Jackson brouhaha: Joakim Noah (+2.3 BPM) has a sore left hamstring. He’s been New York’s best starter – better than Anthony (–0.2 BPM), better than Kristaps Porzingis (0.0 BPM). If Noah misses this game, the Spurs might end up winning by 30 points. The boring, boring Spurs, making money yet again. Yawn.