Cover Photo: Getty Images
For the very first time this season, the Golden State Warriors are shockingly not the overwhelming betting favorites to win the 2019 NBA Finals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
However, these things happen when you're facing a projected nine-game absence of one of the best players in the NBA and 2-1 series deficit. And unfortunately for the Warriors, that's exactly what they're up against heading into Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors.
Golden State has enjoyed a stranglehold on the field as the heavy favorites to win it all for the entire season, opening the year as -160 favorites to win the NBA Finals in October.
The Warriors opened this series with -300 odds to win, which were the best odds Golden State has seen all season, but they've now fallen to a -114 shot compared to the Raptors' -102 odds to win the Finals.
While Kevin Durant has been ruled out of a potential return in Friday's Game 4, the Warriors are reportedly getting Klay Thompson back after losing Game 3, 123-109, to the Raptors without him due to injury concerns.
The Warriors initially opened as 5.5-point favorites over Toronto for Game 4, but Golden State has since dropped to a 4.5-point favorite as of Thursday afternoon, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
While Golden State still isn't facing the team's worst odds to win the Finals of the season, Thursday afternoon marked Golden State's worst odds since the NBA Finals began.
Join FanDuel Sportsbook Today. New users get a risk-free bet up to $500. Join Now.
David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.