As teams wind down a lengthy layoff following All-Star festivities in Toronto, the Golden State Warriors have solidified their position as favorites to repeat on the odds to win the NBA championship at a short -125 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Warriors return to action riding an 11-game straight-up winning streak, keeping them atop the NBA standings with a stunning 48-4 record including a perfect 24-0 on their home floor at Oracle Arena.
Golden State also sports a respectable 29-21-2 record against the spread, powered by a league-best offense that has averaged 115.5 points per game, eclipsing that mark nine times during their current SU win streak.
However, the club travels to Portland for Friday night’s matchup against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center winless ATS in their past two, and have been shaky at best when pegged as double-digit chalk, going 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games when favored by 10 points or more according to the OddsShark NBA Database.
The Eastern-leading Cleveland Cavaliers resume play as the Warriors’ closest competition on the NBA championship odds, pegged at a slightly diminished +325.
The Cavaliers are an impressive 19-5 SU in their past 24, but have been unable to shake the pesky Toronto Raptors, whose current 14-2 SU run has kept them within three games of Cleveland in the Eastern standings.
Despite the stiff competition from the Raptors, Cleveland remains a heavy -400 favorite to once again win the Eastern Conference and earn a return trip to the NBA Finals, where they fell to the Warriors in six games last spring.
Like Golden State, the Cavaliers have struggled at times to meet expectations at the sportsbooks this season, going 23-27-2 ATS, ahead of only the Chicago Bulls among Eastern Conference squads.
Cleveland also maintains a slim edge over San Antonio on the NBA championship futures, as the Spurs kick off the final eight weeks of the regular season with strong +375 odds.
Lost in the current buzz surrounding the defending-champion Warriors, San Antonio has marched to a 45-8 SU record, including a sparkling 28-0 at home, extending their current regular season winning streak at AT&T Center to an eye-popping 37 games.
The Spurs have also been defensive beasts, surrendering a minuscule 91.8 points per game, fueling a league-leading 34-19 ATS record, but have endured an uneven month at the sportsbooks, paying out in just eight of their past 16, and just four of their past six on the road.