Bucks Improve in NBA Championship Odds While Warriors Stumble

By Taylor Smith
Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors
Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors / Ezra Shaw

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After blowing a 31-point lead to the Clippers and losing DeMarcus Cousins to a torn quad in Game 2 of their first-round NBA Playoffs series, the Golden State Warriors' odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals have slipped, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Warriors still retain the best odds to lift the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy at -175, but the Milwaukee Bucks are closing the gap, moving to +500, after taking a 2-0 series lead against the Detroit Pistons.

The Houston Rockets' odds are also trending up, behind James Harden's stellar play. The reigning NBA MVP is averaging a triple double in his two games against the Utah Jazz this round, with 30.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.0 assists per game.

The Rockets now sit at +700 to win the title, but will likely need to survive a series with the Warriors down the road to make it to the NBA Finals.

Beyond that, it's the Toronto Raptors (+1400), Boston Celtics (+2200) and Philadelphia 76ers (+2600) rounding out the top six in odds. Every other team in the NBA Playoffs has odds of 30-to-1 or longer, but as we're still in the middle of the first round, there is sure to be more movement in the coming weeks.

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