After a 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday evening, the Warriors have been again in a well-known place.
A couple of of them, to be actual.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Inexperienced have turn into accustomed to profitable NBA titles, because the trio hoisted a Larry O’Brien trophy for the fourth time in eight seasons. They’re additionally accustomed to being the favorites, which is what Las Vegas oddsmakers have already labeled them for subsequent 12 months.
In accordance with BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings and others, the Warriors are the group to beat.
BetMGM lists the Warriors’ odds at +550 with the Celtics at +650 and Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets following behind them at +700. Caesars lists the Warriors at 5-1, with the Celtics and Nets every at 6-1 coming into subsequent season.
DraftKings really lists the Warriors as one in every of 4 groups with +600 odds as they’re joined by the Celtics, Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.
No matter what transpires subsequent season, it’s a somewhat outstanding feat for a Golden State group led by a 34-year-old Curry and two 32-year-old teammates in Thompson and Inexperienced to be thought of favorites after the group missed the playoffs in 2020 and 2021. Accidents to Curry and Thompson robbed the Warriors of star energy, however throughout this 12 months’s postseason run, the Warriors’ core gamers proved they’re nonetheless able to taking part in at an elite degree.
If Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney are again within the fold and a younger trio of current lottery picks –Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman– take steps ahead, there’s no cause Golden State ought to enter subsequent 12 months with the kind of doubts that surrounded the group headed into this season.