The 2016-17 NBA season tips off on Wednesday and the main storyline everyone wants to talk about is the Golden State Warriors. The team that set an NBA-record with 73 regular season wins last year blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA final, but acquired Kevin Durant in the offseason. They would have been the favorite to win the title without him, yet now they’re a -150 favorite to win it with him.
The Warriors had a pretty easy time of things in the Western Conference playoffs last year, except for getting a challenge from the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, the Thunder (+6000) lost Durant and now have to regroup. They’ll still be strong but it’s hard to lose a superstar and maintain your status. That leaves the San Antonio Spurs (+1000) second in line in the west but they struggled against the Warriors last season and haven’t necessarily improved their roster. The Los Angeles Clippers are third in line in the West (+2500) but they’re not even inside of 20/1. That gives you an idea of just how big of a favorite the Warriors are.
In the East, the champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the chalk and they are the only team that’s expected to really challenge the Warriors for a title (+300). The Cavs return their big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and might be an even better team this year now that they’ve had a full offseason under head coach Tyronn Lue. The Boston Celtics (+2000), Toronto Raptors (+4500) and Chicago Bulls (+6500) are the other challenges in the Eastern Conference.
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