It was perhaps more of a scare than it should have been, but the Golden State Warriors overcame a terrible Brooklyn Nets team, 107-99 in OT, to move to 11-0 to start the NBA season. Somehow, this team that won 67 games last year and an NBA championship has looked even better this year! Steph Curry is shooting the lights out of every building he enters, staking an early claim to his second-consecutive MVP award.
But even when Curry has an “off-night” (which for him is, like, 22 points), this deep Warriors team picks up the slack. With Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and virtually everyone else on Golden State playing very solid basketball, the team doesn’t look to be headed for the loss column soon, or often, this season.
Golden State started this season on fire, arguably motivated by perceived disrespect from the rest of the league. But how long can that motivate the squad? Will a bad team like the Nets catch them off guard in a trap game, or is it up to the Spurs and Thunder of the league to dish out losses to this team? Or can they make a run at some of the NBA’s long-standing records?
We examine some of the odds surrounding the NBA’s best team. But don’t say we discriminate against awful teams, because we also have odds for when (if ever) the Philadelphia 76ers will get that elusive first win.
Golden State Odds
Odds of which team will hand the Warriors their first loss:
- L.A. Clippers (Nov. 19): 4/3
- Chicago Bulls (Nov. 20): 7/3
- Toronto Raptors (Nov. 17): 7/2
- Denver Nuggets (Nov. 22): 7/1
- Phoenix Suns (Nov. 27): 8/1
- Utah Jazz (Nov. 30): 11/1
- Sacramento Kings (Nov. 28): 13/1
- L.A. Lakers (Nov. 24): 25/1
- Undefeated into December: 30/1
The Raptors get the next crack at knocking off the undefeated Warriors on Tuesday. Having already pulled off a big win in OKC, there’s a conceivable possibility they could execute another upset. But more likely it will be the rival Clippers or Derrick Rose-led Bulls who get the job done. L.A. gave the Warriors the closest game of the season, a four-point win at home. The Bulls are inconsistent, but did hand Golden State one of two losses at home last season.
Should this run somehow continue on into December, the Warriors hit the road for a lengthy road trip, including another match up with the Raps.
Odds the Warriors will break the record for best start to a season (15-0): 11/2
Odds the Warriors break the 70-win plateau: 9/4
Philadelphia 76ers Odds
Odds of which team will hand the Sixers their first win:
- Indiana Pacers (Nov. 18): 3/1
- Dallas Mavericks (Nov. 16): 7/2
- Charlotte Hornets (Nov. 20): 4/1
- Minnesota Timberwolves (Nov. 23): 6/1
- Boston Celtics (Nov. 25): 8/1
- Miami Heat (Nov. 21): 9/1
- L.A. Lakers (Dec. 1): 10/1
- Houston Rockets (Nov. 27): 12/1
- Memphis Grizzlies (Nov. 29): 12/1
To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Sixers are terrible this year. Relying on rookie Jahlil Okafor to do basically everything, Philly is losing by an average of 13.5 points a night. Desperately in need of a win, they won’t be easy to come by in the next few weeks. If they can’t muster an upset in one of their next two home games, then they’ll head out on the road for a brutal six-game road trip against quality opponents.
The good news for suffering Sixers fans is that once the team returns home in December, they get a visit from the equally terrible Lakers. However, if they haven’t recorded a win by that point, they’ll have tied the 2009 Nets for the worst start to a season (0-18), with a loss to L.A. giving them the record all to their own.
Odds the 76ers will break the record for worst start to a season (0-18): 5/1
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