For months, the Golden State Warriors, considered as the greatest regular-season team of all time, have been the clear-cut, outright favorites to win the NBA title. But after it was announced that Warriors star Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks with a sprained right MCL, they may not be anymore.
Their Western Conference rivals, the San Antonio Spurs, are reported to be moving into the role of the favorites to win the NBA title this year.
The perennial championship-contending Spurs may have three times as many losses as the 36-2 Golden State Warriors, but according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Spurs are now the new league favorites at 3-2, followed by the Golden State Warriors at 9-4 and trailing behind is the Cleveland Cavaliers at 3-1.
A tweet from the sports network shows that the Spurs lead at 45.2 percent, while the Warriors is behind at 39.6 percent.
ESPN's Basketball Power Index has the Spurs, not the 36-2 Warriors, as the favorite to win the NBA title pic.twitter.com/zoguxB51QM
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 13, 2016
According to ProSportsDaily, the Curry news still kept the Warriors as favorites, based on the Sportsbook operator CG Technology, but their odds are lengthened from 5-6 or -120 to 6-5. Next at 2-1 are the Spurs, who swept the Memphis Grizzlies to advance to the second round.
The Golden State was a -125 favorite over the field at the SuperBook at the end of last week. The 73-9 Warriors entered the postseason as favorites to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
But when Curry went down late in the first half of the Warriors’ Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets, change became apparent, which caused several Las Vegas sportsbooks to halt betting on Warriors’ odds to win the NBA title. They have since reopened Monday afternoon.
The reigning MVP could still make a comeback in a second-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers or Portland Trail Blazers. The best of seven series between the Clippers and the Trail Blazers are now tied 2-2.
A potential second-round series between the Clippers and Warriors without Curry is still being projected by the SuperBook oddsmakers. The Los Angeles Clippers have seen their odds at winning the franchise’s first title rise from 30-1 to 18-1.
Golden State, who now goes up 3-1 in Game 4 win, is an 8.5-point home favorite Wednesday in Game 5.