Just crowned champions, the Warriors have managed to retain most of their strength for next season. In the eyes of the bookmakers, however, they do not appear as the big favorites to their own succession!
Certainly, the losses of Otto Porter Jr., Gary Payton II, Nemanja Bjelica or Juan Toscano-Anderson are close to hard blows, given their respective production last year. However, Golden State had prepared to let go of some elements of its workforce this summer, and therefore did not panic. Despite these departures, the franchise roster remains extremely dense and qualitative.
Steph CurryKlay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, Kevon Looney, Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga: all will still be present next year to defend the title of the Warriors. What once again feed great ambitions in the San Francisco Bay, and appear as THE big scarecrow of the league for many observers. An opinion that bookmakers do not necessarily share.
Champions, the Warriors snubbed by bookmakers
As tradition dictates, sports betting experts are already interested in the outcome of the 2022-23 season in the NBA. After delivering their verdict on the future MVP, they recently looked at the teams most likely to participate in the Finals next June. The Dubs may not be appreciated, since they only appear in 3rd position on the list of the specialized site FD Sportsbook !
— ClutchPoints Betting (@CPBetting) July 30, 2022
With odds of 5.50, it is the Celtics, unfortunate finalists a few weeks ago, who would have the best chance of re-entering this stage of the competition. A plebiscite which can be explained by the arrivals of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari in Boston, before that possible of Kevin Durant. The Bucks follow (6.50), who have not signed any major moves since the start of the offseason.
The Warriors (7.50) therefore only appear on the last step of the podium, but remain favorites in the Western Conference. However, they will have to be wary of the Suns (11.00), but especially the Clippers (8.00), who will benefit from the return from injury of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Nets (16.00) and Lakers (19.00), perceived as the scarecrows of the league last summer, undergo a clear downgrading.
Despite their status as defending champions, the Warriors see their recent Celtics losses rob them of the status of favorites for the coming season. A good way to over-motivate the Dubs to perform in the coming months!