2019 NBA Finals Odds:  Golden State Still Massive Favorite

2019 NBA Finals:  Golden State Still Massive Favorite

Written by on July 17, 2018

After the NBA Draft and big free agent moves one thing has remained the same, the Golden State Warriors are a huge favorite to win the NBA Championship. How big of a favorite are the Warriors?How does -200 sound? Effectively, Golden State offers 1/2 odds. That means for every $200 dollars NBA futures bettors wager on Golden State, the return in profit is $100. It would take a $2,000 investment to make $1,000. It would take a $5,000 investment to make $2,500 in profit.Such low odds are difficult to justify, right? Maybe, not. Check out reasons why Golden State at -200 makes then an overlay in the MyBookie sportsbook. Then, check out reasons why -200 makes Golden State an underlay in the MyBookie sportsbook.

2019 NBA Finals Odds:  Golden State Still Massive Favorite

Before getting into why Golden State is an underlay at -200 to win the NBA Championship, let’s take a look at why they’re an overlay at -200 to win the NBA Championship.

What Makes Golden State an Overlay at -200?

The Golden State Warriors easily handled the Cleveland Cavaliers for their second straight NBA Championship last season. All told, the Warriors have won 3 of the last 4 NBA Championships. In the past two NBA Championships, Golden State has gone 8 and 1 in only 9 NBA Championship games played.That’s called domination.But, although Golden State has dominated the NBA the past couple of seasons, they didn’t stand pat during free agency. Somehow, someway, the Warriors managed to convince one of the best big men in the NBA, DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins, to join their already stellar roster.Are the Warriors a safe bet to win the 2019 NBA Championship?A starting line-up of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, and Draymond Green awaits Warrior opponents this season. That’s a starting lineup of 5 almost surefire NBA Hall of Fame players.Crazy? Yep. Really crazy.

What Makes Golden State an Underlay at -200?

The Houston Rockets are pretty much the same team this season as they were last season. The Warriors would have had much more trouble beating Houston if Chris Paul had been healthy. With a healthy Chris Paul, Houston’s a legit contender to the Warriors’ Western Conference crown.Houston’s not the only team with a shot. If the Philadelphia 76’ers take the next step, they could be the next Golden State Warriors. PG Ben Simmons is already one of the best players in the NBA. Center Joel Embiid is one of the best centers in the NBA. Robert Covington and Dario Sarric are underrated.Then, there’s the Boston Celtics. The Celtics almost pulled off the upset over the LeBron led Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals last season without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. It’s difficult to find a better starting 5 than Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Jaylen Brown.The Celtics also have the best coach, Brad Stevens, in the NBA.There’s another reason that Golden State might be an underlay bet at -200 odds. Each team plays 82 games in an NBA Regular Season. At any point things can go south for any team due to injuries.So if the Warriors suffers injuries, Philly or Boston or Houston could beat them for the NBA Championship. Even if the Warriors don’t suffer injuries, Philly, Boston, and Houston are legit contenders to Golden State’s domination.Golden State is the best team in the NBA, no doubt. But accepting -200 odds just seems foolish.