Warriors

Warriors

How confident are you that the Warriors will win another NBA championship? 

Well, after dispatching the Rockets -- arguably their largest threat to a three-peat -- in six games in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, the odds are looking good for the Dubs to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy yet again.

According to Caesar's Palace Sportsbook, the Warriors remain the favorites to win this year's NBA championship. But the Milwaukee Bucks are looming.

Warriors: -150 (bet $150 to win $100)
Bucks: +170 (bet $100 to win $170)
Toronto Raptors: +750
Portland Trail Blazers: +1400

As for the chance the Warriors beat the Blazers in the Western Conference finals? The odds, not surprisingly, favor the Warriors even more (also per Caesars).

The Warriors assuredly would be even more heavily favored if they were fully healthy, but Kevin Durant reportedly will miss at least Game 1 against Portland, and likely Game 2. Even if he returns in Game 3, the Warriors will have to dig deep and play with the energy and fervor they did last Friday when Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Co. eliminated the Rockets in Houston.

The Dubs also are hoping DeMarcus Cousins can return from his quad injury at some point this postseason, and the center is itching to get back to the floor as soon as the Blazers series. But even if he comes back vs. Portland, Boogie likely won't play significant minutes.

 

The Blazers are heavy underdogs, but shouldn't be counted out. Stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum rose to the occasion in their seven-game series vs. Denver and will be playing with nothing to lose against the two-time defending champions.

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If the Warriors advance, they'll play the winner of the Bucks-Raptors series out East -- and Vegas pits the No. 1-seeded Bucks as the favorites. Milwaukee is led by MVP-candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is a matchup nightmare and would make life difficult for Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense.

But first things first: Buckle your seatbelts for Warriors-Blazers, beginning Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.