The Warriors are expected to win back-to-back championships.
On Wednesday morning, NBA.com released its annual GM Survey and 93 percent of the league's general managers picked Golden State to capture the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
As John Schuhmann writes:
"In the 16-year history of the NBA.com GM Survey, no team has been as overwhelming a favorite to win the championship as this year's Warriors."
The Cavaliers got the other seven percent of the votes.
In last year's survey, 69 percent of the GMs who responded picked the Warriors to win it all.
The year prior -- months after winning the title for the first time in 40 years -- the Warriors received just 25 percent of the votes.
In October 2014, only 3.7 percent of the respondents picked Golden State.
The oddsmakers have the Warriors currently at 5/8, with Cleveland in second at 9/2.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
SAN ANTONIO -- The Warriors are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals, and if they get there the New Orleans Pelicans will be waiting.
The Pelicans on Saturday became the first NBA team advance this postseason when they completed a sweep of Portland with a 131-123 win in Game 4 in New Orleans.
New Orleans entered the postseason as a No. 6 seed, while the Trail Blazers were the 3-seed and had earned homecourt advantage.
The Warriors have a 3-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs. The teams meet in Game 4 Sunday afternoon.
Should the Warriors close out the series, they would open against the Pelicans next weekend at Oracle Arena.
SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Curry returned to practice Saturday, but there will be no miracle Sunday when the Warriors meet the Spurs in Game 4 of their first-round series.
“He’s coming along well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But don’t expect him to be Willis Reed tomorrow.”
The Willis Reed reference dates back to the 1970 NBA Finals, when the Knicks center came limping onto the court for Game 7, despite a torn muscle in his right thigh, provided an emotional lift that gave New York the victory.
Curry has missed the last four weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee. The Warriors were pleased to have him back on the court for non-contact drills. He completed those drills along with his teammates, without any sign of a setback.
“From his movements, he looked good to me,” Kevin Durant said.
“He was really shooting the ball well and moving around well,” assistant coach Ron Adams said. “I don’t know how he’s feeling internally, but I like his attitude about this. He’s positive and upbeat and it rubs off on the other guys.”
Curry is scheduled to be re-evaluated next weekend, after which his status will be updated.
Though both Shaun Livingston and Durant rolled their left ankles in Game 3, participated in practice. Durant is not on the injury report and Livingston is listed as probable.