The Golden State Warriors endured just their third home loss all season in Game 2’s 97-90 letdown to the Memphis Grizzlies, and yet MVP point guard Stephen Curry’s Bay Area squad are still the team to beat for the NBA title.
According to the latest odds from Bovada.lv, even though Golden State’s tied 1-1 with Memphis it’s an 11/10 favorite to win the championship for the first time since 1975, and fourth overall. As recently as last week, the Warriors were listed as 8/5 favorites.
After Golden State, the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are both listed at 5/1 odds to claim the title, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at 11/2 and the Atlanta Hawks at 12/1.
Curry and the Warriors were coming off a first-round sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans, and during the regular season dropped only games at Oracle Arena. But spurred by the return of top point guard Mike Conley and his 22 points, the defensive-minded Grizzlies downed Golden State while holding Curry to only 19 points and 2-for-11 shooting from three-point range on the night he first showed off his MVP trophy to fans.
In the previous five games, all Warriors victories, Curry was averaging 31.4 points and hitting an incredible 42.8 percent of his threes.
However, should the series goes a full seven games, the Warriors figure to regain home court and at least make their first trip to the Western Conference Finals since 1976.
The Bulls and Cavs are presently battling in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Derrick Rose and Co. owning a 1-0 series after snatching Game 1 99-92 on Monday.
The victory also gave Chicago a big odds bump, rising from 17/2 to now 5/1. Cleveland’s chances slipped slightly from 3/1 to 5/1, which can be attributed to the loss of power forward Kevin Love for the rest of the season to a dislocated shoulder. Both the Bulls and Cavs should be favored head of the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks in the East.
The Clippers are riding high after they eliminated the defending champion San Antonio Spurs after going the full seven games in the first round. Los Angeles moved up from 28/1 odds after point guard Chris Paul provided some last-second heroics in Game 7 last weekend while he played through a hamstring injury.
Paul sat for Game 1 of the Clippers series against the Rockets, but power forward Blake Griffin filled the stat sheet for his second consecutive triple-double and third overall in the postseason in L.A.’s 117-101 blowout Game 1 win.
If and when Paul returns healthy, the Clippers could advance and challenge the Warriors in the organization’s first ever appearance in the West Finals.
Odds to Win Championship
Golden State Warriors 11/10
Chicago Bulls 5/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 5/1
Los Angeles Clippers 11/2
Atlanta Hawks 12/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Memphis Grizzlies 16/1
Washington Wizards 25/1
The full list of odds and prop bets can be found here.