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Warriors Still Favorites to Win 2019 NBA Finals But Nuggets Close Gap

By Ian McCafferty
Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Three
Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Three / Tim Warner
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Since grabbing a 2-0 series lead, the Golden State Warriors have lost two straight games to the Houston Rockets to tie the series at two games apiece. This marks the first time Golden State has lost back-to-back games in the NBA Playoffs since the infamous 2016 NBA Finals, a series that changed things for Cleveland Cavaliers fans forever.

Despite two straight losses, the Warriors are still the favorite to hoist the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy, but a few other teams are closing the odds gap, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Golden State remains the odds-on favorite with -125 odds to win the NBA Finals, but that's a clear shift from their -190 odds when the Warriors were up 2-0 on Houston. The Rockets are up from +1100 to +500, now that the series is tied.

The biggest jump in the most recent odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, belongs to the Denver Nuggets, who went from +2500 to +1800, with a 3-2 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers (+5500).

The Milwaukee Bucks remain the favorites in the East at +380 with a commanding 3-1 lead on the Boston Celtics (+7500).

With lots left to be decided in the NBA Playoffs, for the first time all season we have to seriously consider that another team could knock the Warriors off their championship pedestal before all is said and done in 2019.


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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. 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.

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