There was anticipation that either Golden State or Houston would be such overwhelming favorites against Cleveland or Boston, it would be mind-blowing. With the Cavaliers and Warriors Game 7 winners, sportsbooks like America’s Bookie and others released Golden State as -1000 favorites to claim their third championship in four years.
To give you an indication how big a number that is, the last time a team was this large a favorite was the Los Angeles Lakers against New Jersey back in 2002 at -750. In looking over the matchups prior to that, one could argue, at least for series wagering, Golden State is the largest favorite ever or one of them.
Depending on your perspective, betting the Warriors is foolish or easiest bet you will ever make in the NBA Finals.
For starters, to win $100, it will cost you $1,000 to make such a bet. If you are after a larger payday of say $500 or a thousand dollars, you will have to put up 5 or 10 thousand dollars. Clearly, some real risk involved.
The other side of the proverbial coin is 100 percent believing in Cleveland’s postseason resolve and t-shirt mantra – Whatever It Takes. Here, a $100 bet pays around $650, but Golden State has to lose four times and that has happened once (to the Cavaliers two years ago) in 15 Warriors series.