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Warriors open as favorites for 2023 championship

Field Level Media
17 Jun 2022, 15:05 GMT+10

The Golden State Warriors earned their fourth championship in eight years on Thursday behind an aging core, but oddsmakers believe Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have at least one more title chase in them.

The Warriors are favored to win the 2023 championship in odds posted just after the 2021-22 season concluded with Golden State's 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

FanDuel has Golden State listed at 460, ahead of the Celtics (650), the Brooklyn Nets (700), the Milwaukee Bucks (750), the Los Angeles Clippers (850) and the Phoenix Suns (950).

The Warriors have 500 odds at Caesars Sportsbook, which has the Nets and Celtics both at 600. They are followed by the Bucks (750), the Suns (800) and the Clippers (800).

DraftKings has a more level approach, with the Warriors, Celtics, Nets and Clippers all listed at 600. The Bucks (750) and Suns (900) are next.

FOX Bet has the Warriors at 550, the Nets and Celtics each at 600, the Clippers at 700, the Bucks at 750 and the Suns at 850.

After the top tier of teams, the teams with the next lowest odds at most of the sportsbooks are the Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.

The teams that face the longest odds -- some at 100,000 or higher -- are the Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. DraftKings and FOX Bet both have the Magic and Rockets at 200,000.

In odds for next year's regular-season NBA Most Valuable Player, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic -- the two-time reigning winner -- is not the favorite.

DraftKings has Jokic at 800, behind 76ers big man Joel Embiid and Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, who are both at 550. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is at 850, and he is followed by Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (1000), Nets forward Kevin Durant (1200), Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (1200) and Curry (1700).

FanDuel has Doncic as the 2022-23 MVP favorite at 500, with Embiid (550), Antetokounmpo (700), Durant (100), Jokic (1200), Curry (1300), Tatum (1500) and Morant (1600) following him.

--Field Level Media

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