Warriors Remain Favorites While Rockets Plummet in Latest Odds to Win 2019 NBA Finals

By Ian McCafferty
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Two
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Two / Thearon W. Henderson

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Three of the NBA's four conference semifinals are tied at one game apiece. But the one that has a 2-0 lead, arguably has the best two teams playing one another. The defending champion Golden State Warriors won both games at the ORACLE against the Houston Rockets as the series shifts to the Toyota Center in Houston for Game 3 on Saturday.

That 2-0 deficit isn't insurmountable, but it certainly hasn't helped the Rockets' NBA title chances.

The Rockets drop to +1100 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, after sitting at +600 before the second round began, is a steep drop-off for a team that had a legitimate shot to win both games in this series. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors remain the odds-on favorite, as they have all season, at -190.

The Milwaukee Bucks, the top seed in the East, have the best odds (+550) outside of the Warriors, and the Toronto Raptors have improved to +750 to win it all. Toronto's second-round opponent, the Philadelphia 76ers, also saw a big jump from +2600 to +1700.

The Boston Celtics' odds continue to get worse, now at +2000, despite stealing Game 1 of their series at Milwaukee. The other two Western Conference teams – the Denver Nuggets (+2500) and Portland Trail Blazers (+5000) are true longshots.

It's still early on in the second round, but it continues to look like Golden State will win the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy again this season.

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