LeBron James may have switched conferences by joining the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, but the question remains the same when it comes to the Western Conference. Can anyone dethrone the two-time defending league champs and four-time defending NBA Western Conference champion Golden State?
While the answer to that query looks about as set in stone as it has been the past four seasons, let’s find out now who’s going to give Golden State its stiffest test this season.
2018 NBA Western Conference Odds to Win & Predictions
|Golden State Warriors||4/9|
|Los Angeles Lakers||6/1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||20/1|
|San Antonio Spurs||40/1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||66/1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||100/1|
|Los Angeles Clippers||200/1|
- 2017-18 finish: 65-17, first
Los Angeles Lakers
- 2017-18 finish: 35-47, 11th
Oklahoma City Thunder
- 2017-18 finish: 48-34, fourth
- 2017-18 finish: 48-34, fifth
San Antonio SpursHold on, let me go get some tissues. The end of an era is officially over. Manu Ginobili has retired, Tim Duncan isn’t coming back, and now, Tony Parker will be suiting up for the Charlotte Hornets for heaven’s sake. The Spurs will be relying on LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan to lead the way with a helping hand from Rudy Gay, an aging Pau Gasol and Patty Mills. I’m thinking San Antonio keeps its playoff streak alive, but just barely as a seventh or possibly eighth seed.
Golden State Warriors
- 2017-18 finish: 58-24, second