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Warriors Return to Odds-On Favorite to Win NBA Finals After Game 6 Win Over Rockets

David Kaestle
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five / Ezra Shaw

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When Kevin Durant went down with a right calf strain in Game 5 of the Warriors' Western Conference series against the Rockets on Wednesday night, the NBA world held its collective breath and wondered how this would affect Golden State moving forward.

Despite leading 3-2 in the series, the Warriors' odds moved to a season-worst number, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, sitting at +115 odds to win the NBA Championship. This was the first time all season that a bet on the Warriors to win the NBA Finals paid out more than even money.

Fast forward to today, with the Warriors having eliminated the Rockets in Game 6 on Friday night, and Golden State is once again the odds-on favorites to win the 2018-19 NBA Championship.

The Warriors are followed by the Milwaukee Bucks in the odds to win it all (+240) and it's no wonder as the Bucks had the best record in the NBA during the regular season. Plus, Milwaukee and Golden State are the only two teams to have already punched their tickets to the Conference Finals.

The Toronto Raptors (+700) take on the Philadelphia 76ers (+2000) and the Denver Nuggets (+2000) get the Portland Trail Blazers (+3300) in a pair of Game 7s on Sunday, with the winners advancing to face the No. 1 seed in their respective conference.

The odds will surely be adjusted based on the results of those two Game 7s, but the way things are going now, the Warriors are the clear-cut favorite to win their third-straight NBA title.

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