The stakes are understandably high in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, and it figures to be another intense series as the each of the two franchises try to get to the NBA Finals.
The Warriors haven’t lost a game in the playoffs thus far, sweeping both series’ and going 8-0 through the playoffs. The Spurs are playing some of the best basketball of the season, too. They didn’t even need Kawhi Leonard in their decisive Game 6 victory against the Houston Rockets.
The current betting odds for the Western Conference Finals series have the Warriors as the major favorite.
The opening lines by Westgate Las Vegas Superbook show Golden State as (-1600) favorites to advance to the Finals, while San Antonio is at (+900). That means you’d have to bet $160 just to make $10 if you bet on the Warriors.
5Dimes Sportsbook has the Warriors as a (-1000) favorite to win the series and the Spurs as a (+600) underdog.
The Game 1 spread is pretty astonishing, too. In a series that’s supposed to pit the conference’s two best teams against each other, betting opened with the Warriors listed as a 10.5-point favorite for the opening game.
Golden State was just one victory away from winning their second-straight title last year. But, in case you haven’t heard, it let a 3-1 series lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers slip, and it’s haunted them ever since.
The addition of Kevin Durant in the offseason has obviously provided a gigantic boost as the Warriors eye the NBA Finals once again.
They opened up the season as 3-2 favorites to win another title, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. That number sat at 1-2 as of April 13.
San Antonio, on the other hand, opened at 6-1 to win the Finals and were at 9-1 entering this year’s playoffs.
But the veteran Spurs will be without leader Tony Parker, who was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs after a quad injury.
The Warriors are led statistically in the playoffs by Stephen Curry’s 27.1 points per game. Durant is averaging 23.3 points while Klay Thompson is putting up 16.1 points per game. Draymond Green leads the team with 9.1 rebounds.
Leonard is putting up a team-best 27.8 points per game in the playoffs to go along with 7.7 rebounds, another team-leading stat category.
But there’s still a question mark with Leonard’s status. He suffered an ankle injury in Game 5 against the Rockets and missed Game 6. He’ll have a few days to recover before the Spurs and Warriors start their series.
The Western Conference Finals start in Oakland at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday. Game 1 will be televised on ABC. To see the full Western Conference Finals schedule, click here.