In an extremely early look forward to next NBA season, the Golden State Warriors are among the betting favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2021.
The Los Angeles Lakers, who captured their first title in a decade Sunday night, have the shortest odds at the 2021 championship, opening at the Caesars Sportsbook at 15-to-4 odds. But not far behind them are the Warriors at 8-1, good for fourth among all teams.
The Warriors expect to have their All-Star trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green back on the court together for the first time since the 2019 NBA Finals. Since that time, they’ve lost superstar Kevin Durant, replacing him in the starting lineup with Andrew Wiggins — and they’ll also have the No. 2 pick in next month’s draft, provided they don’t swap the pick for a current player who they expect to help more immediately.In the crowded Western Conference, the Warriors and Lakers must compete with the LA Clippers (4-1 odds), Denver Nuggets (20-1) and Houston Rockets (20-1) just to reach the title.
Eastern Conference favorites include the Miami Heat, this year’s East representative in the Finals, at 15-1. But listed ahead of Miami are back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks (6-1), the young Boston Celtics (12-1) and Durant’s Brooklyn Nets (10-1).
In ESPN’s way-too-early 2021 NBA power rankings released Monday, the Warriors sit sixth behind the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks.
Here’s the full list of odds as they opened at the Caesars Sportsbook:
Lakers 15-4Clippers 4-1Bucks 6-1Warriors 8-1Nets 10-1Celtics 12-1Heat 15-1Nuggets 20-1Raptors 20-1Rockets 20-1Mavericks 25-1Trail Blazers 30-176ers 30-1Jazz 40-1Pelicans 50-1Thunder 50-1Suns 60-1Pacers 100-1Grizzlies 100-1Hawks 100-1Wizards 100-1Bulls 100-1Magic 200-1Spurs 200-1Kings 200-1T-wolves 200-1Pistons 300-1Knicks 300-1Cavaliers 300-1Hornets 400-1