The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of punching their ticket to the 2022 NBA Finals with a 3-0 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks. Not only are the Warriors the betting favorites among the teams still alive in the playoffs, but the latest odds suggest that Golden State is more likely than not to win the championship. 

The Warriors have -155 odds to win the 2022 championship at FanDuel Sportsbook. As odds-on favorites, Golden State is considered to have a better than 50% chance of winning the NBA Finals. On the brink of elimination, Dallas is a +6000 long shot to win the championship. 

The Miami Heat are second with +330 championship odds. The Boston Celtics have +340 odds. Miami has a 2-1 series lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Golden State defeated Dallas 109-100 in Game 3 Sunday night, likely crushing the Mavericks’ hopes of pulling off an upset in the conference finals. The Warriors overcame a nine-point deficit in the final minutes of the second quarter to take a halftime lead. Golden State outscored Dallas 30-21 in the third quarter.

Stephen Curry scored 31 points on 10-20 shooting. The point guard is averaging 28.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game in the series. Andrew Wiggins has been an x-factor against Dallas, averaging 20.7 points and 7.0 rebounds while guarding Luka Doncic for much of the game.

Doncic leads the Mavericks with 34.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in the series. Doncic is shooting 45.3% from the field and 41.4% from three-point range. The rest of the team has made just 39.4% of its field goals and 30.6% of its three-point attempts.

After missing two straight full seasons because of injuries, Klay Thompson is Golden State’s second-leading scorer in the playoffs with 19.5 points per game.

“Yeah, I’m not going to say anybody else, and I’m pretty sure that we have home court if we were to win the next game, come the Finals,” Thompson said Sunday when asked if he believes the Warriors are the championship favorites. “So we’ve got championship DNA and we have got some great young talent, and we are just meshing at the right time.” 

The Warriors made the NBA Finals each year from 2015-2019, winning three championships during that span. Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney were all part of those teams and are starting for Golden State this postseason. 

Miami reached the 2020 NBA Finals, but none of its top-five scorers this postseason have ever won a title. Boston’s core has made a few trips to the conference finals without getting over the hump.

Golden State’s 115.6 offensive rating in the postseason is tied for the best of any team that made the playoffs. 

When Dallas upset the Phoenix Suns in the second round, it cleared the way for Golden State to become the championship favorites. The Suns finished 11 games ahead of the Warriors in the regular-season standings.

The Warriors needed 11 out of a possible 14 games to get by the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Chase Center on March 30, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images