Vegas Makes Warriors Title Favorites

by May 18, 2015

The No. 1 seed in the West, the Golden State Warriors, are the title favorites heading into the Conference Finals, at least according to Las Vegas. After the Dubs, Vegas likes the Cavaliers, Hawks and finally the Rockets as the longshot among the four teams remaining in the NBA Playoffs.

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Heading into the conference finals, the Warriors are 4-7 favorites to win the championship at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cleveland Cavaliers are next at 5-2, followed by the Atlanta Hawks at 8-1 and the Houston Rockets at 12-1.


Golden State is a giant minus-1,100 favorite to eliminate the Rockets in the Western Conference finals, which tip off Tuesday (9 p.m., ESPN) at Oracle Arena. The underdog Rockets are plus-700 to pull off the upset.


The Warriors are 10-point favorites in Game 1. They defeated Houston in all four meetings this season by an average of 12.75 points, but the Rockets have proven to be a dangerous out.


Trailing the Clippers 3-1 in a best-of-seven series, Houston was 60-1 to win the NBA title at the SuperBook. The book took one bet on the Rockets at that price — one $1,000 bet.