Streaking Warriors alone atop odds to win NBA championship


( — Following their record-setting start to the season the Golden State Warriors have strengthened their position as favorites to capture their second straight championship at 3/2 odds on the NBA futures at sportsbooks monitored by

The Warriors improved their perfect record to 20-0 on Wednesday night after posting a 116-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets, covering as 9.5-point chalk in the second game of a seven-game road trip .

The current road swing presents the Warriors with their greatest challenge in their quest to equal the 1971/72 Los Angeles Lakers record of 33 straight wins.

The Warriors’ win over Charlotte extended their current streak to 24 games, dating back to last season’s NBA Finals. However, no team in NBA history has ever gone undefeated on a road trip of seven or more games.

The East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers remain close on the Warriors’ heels with 13/5 odds to win the NBA championship, but have struggled at the sportsbooks since the second week of the season, going 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 games.

The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, quietly opened with a 14-4 record while holding opponents to a league-leading 89.8 points per game, and have climbed to 11/2 on the NBA championship odds.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers round out the front of the NBA futures pack with 12/1 odds. The Thunder are off to a streaky 11-7 start, and have just two ATS wins in their last nine games, while the Clippers struggled to a 10-8 start and have not covered in back-to-back contests since their first two games of the season.

The Chicago Bulls opened with a 10-5 record but trail on the NBA futures at 18/1, followed by the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers at 28/1, the Houston Rockets and the Atlanta Hawks at 33/1, and the Toronto Raptors at 40/1.

The Memphis Grizzlies have fallen to 50/1, ahead of the Boston Celtics at 66/1, and four teams at 100/1, including the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Wizards, while the New York Knicks join the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic at 150/1.

The struggling New Orleans Pelicans have plummeted to 200/1, alongside the Phoenix Suns, and ahead of the Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves, both at 250/1.

The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers each sport distant 300/1 odds, while the Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets sit at 500/1, and the longshot Los Angeles Lakers trail at 1000/1.