Golden State Warriors have been thoroughly outplayed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the ongoing Western Conference Finals. But oddsmakers are giving the reigning NBA champions a great shot at reducing the series deficit to 2-3 on Thursday before the series returns to OKC for Game 6.
The Westgate SuperBook opened Warriors as an eight-point favorite with a total of 221 points to win Game 5 at their home court in Oakland. Do note that Warriors had been favored to win each of the previous four games of the series even though they only manged the Game 2 home victory.
Warriors still a great bet
According to Vegas Insider, many gamblers lost faith in Golden State after the blowout victory on Tuesday. However, by early Wednesday night, they were back to being a 7.5-point ‘chalk.’ Those willing to bet on Thunder can earn a monster +275 return (risk $100 to win $275).
On Tuesday, Warriors lost back-to-back games for the first time in their historic season which saw them win a record 73 regular season games. Previously, the Warriors responded to losses with at least 3-0 winning streaks all through the regular season and the playoffs.
As it stands, Stephen Curry and the Warriors, just one loss away from elimination, are now +250 underdogs to win the series (risk $100 to win $250). The Thunder are -300 favorites to beat the Warriors and qualify for the NBA Finals for a possible showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Meanwhile, betting site Bovada.lv reports that LeBron James and the Cavs are now the championship favorites at 7-5. The Thunder have the second best odds at 8-5.
Remember Clippers vs Rockets?
Kevin Rogers of Vegas Insider gave some insight into Warriors’ chances of becoming the 10th team in playoffs history to return form a 3-1 deficit. “Nine teams in NBA history have overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the playoffs, as the Warriors are looking to become the 10th squad in this class. Seven of those nine clubs won Game 5 at home with the last team to accomplish this feat being the Rockets last season, who shocked the Clippers with three consecutive victories.”
Rogers cited last year’s Western Conference semifinals which saw Houston Rockets return from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. “Since 2013, five road teams have had the opportunity to close out a series with a 3-1 advantage, as the Clippers were the last team to fall in this category in 2015. Los Angeles was tripped up at Houston as three-point favorites in the conference semifinals before eventually melting down and getting knocked out. The last squad to win a Game 5 on the road with a 3-1 series lead was Washington in the 2014 opening round against Chicago, while road underdogs up 3-1 in a playoff series have posted a 3-1 ATS record in the last four postseasons.”
Warriors have won 46 of their 49 home games this season.