Are The Golden State Warriors Too Big Of A Favorite To Bet At NJ Sportsbooks?

The Golden State Warriors are now such heavy favorites to win the NBA Western Conference Finals some New Jersey sports betting operators won’t even allow you to bet on them.

Warriors star and two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant remains out with an injury. However, the Warriors still managed to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Game 4 will go off in Portland on Monday.

The defending champion Warriors will be looking to sweep the series and move on to a fifth straight NBA Finals. The Warriors have won the NBA title three of the past four years.

The odds on the Warriors

The odds on the Warriors to win the NBA Western Conference Finals have grown exponentially since the series started.

Even a small bet on the champs to win the series over the Blazers will likely exceed betting limits now.

Here’s a look at the current odds on the Golden State-Portland series at the top three NJ sports betting apps:

NBA Western Conference FinalsDraftKingsFanDuelBetStars
Portland Trail Blazers+6600+6500+5000
Golden State WarriorsN/A-20000-100000

The odds on the Warriors to win the series are so high that DraftKings Sportsbook isn’t even posting them. And over at BetStarsNJ, the lines are posted at –100000, which means a bettor would need to bet $100 to win 10 cents.

To be fair, a miracle comeback by the Trail Blazers could ruin someone betting on the Warriors at those lofty odds.

Huge favorites also mean massive underdogs. So, there’s a huge payday awaiting anyone who bets on the Trail Blazers to win. That is if they can complete that miracle comeback.

Of course, they’ll have to do what no team has ever done and come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win in the NBA Playoffs.

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals odds

In the meantime, things are tightening up over in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

The Toronto Raptors lost the first two games in Milwaukee.  Sunday, the Raptors won a double-overtime thriller at home.

The Milwaukee Bucks still enjoy a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4 on Tuesday. In fact, the series odds at two of the top three NJ sports betting apps reflects that.

Here’s how the odds look at DraftKings, FanDuel and BetStars:

NBA Eastern Conference FinalsDraftKingsFanDuelBetStars
Toronto Raptors+450+430+450
Milwaukee Bucks-625-650-650

Who will win the 2019 NBA Finals?

The Warriors have been favorites to win a fourth NBA Championship in five years in the futures market all season.

The 3-0 Western Conference Finals lead the team has built has only increased the amount of money bettors must lay on the Warriors to win.

Here are the odds for the NBA Finals futures from the top NJ online sportsbooks:

NBA ChampionsDraftKingsFanDuelBetStars
Toronto Raptors+1300+1000+1400
Milwaukee Bucks+200+195+200
Portland Trail Blazers+15000+15000+12500
Golden State Warriors-225-210-225

The real value right now appears to be on the Raptors. That is if you believe it is Toronto’s year.

In the meantime, the Trail Blazers are going to have to do a lot more than just win Game 4 to impact the odds on the Warriors going to the NBA Finals and win it all.

A series-tieing win by Toronto in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals will undoubtedly have more of an impact on the rest of the NBA Playoffs odds.

Keep a close eye on the games and the odds to see if there’s even more value to be found as the NBA Playoffs continue.

About the Author

Martin Derbyshire

In his over 10 years covering the US online poker, legal NJ online gambling, and land-based casino industries, Martin Derbyshire has worn the hats of award-winning journalist and video and film producer. He has logged countless miles reporting on the world of high stakes gambling.