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Does Durant's Acquisition Equal More Gold for Warriors Backers?

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Let’s recap here: The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors won their first 24 games of the season (15-7-2 ATS) and set the record for most regular season wins with 73. They were on the brink of elimination in the Western Conference final against the Oklahoma City Thunder before battling back from a 3-1 deficit to advance to the NBA Finals. While everyone thought they were a sure thing to repeat as NBA champs, LeBron James and Co. had other plans. The Warriors held their own 3-1 lead in that series before the Cavs went on a tear to win the final three games.

What’s happened since? Well, that blown 3-1 lead in the final became somewhat of an Internet meme in the summer. Oh, and the Warriors brought in one Kevin Durant.

The acquisition of the Slim Reaper sent shock waves throughout the NBA landscape as well as the sports betting world. I mean, just look at the Warriors’ futures that follow below. The team is a heavy, heavy favorite in everything and their win total is a staggering 66.5 at online shop Bovada

Golden State was excellent at the betting window last year, posting an NBA-best 45-35-2 ATS mark in the regular season. With Durant now in the equation, however, this team is likely going to see some astronomical spreads in the early going and until they sort out minutes, touches and shots, they could be a stay-away bet or a fade option altogether.

Obviously the Warriors are going to be good but whether or not they will be good for bettors is something we’ll have to wait for.

Here’s a look at where the Warriors stand as far as the futures board is concerned.

NBA Championship -125

The Warriors lost some pieces (Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights) but the addition of Durant has produced a Super 4 unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Which is why the chemistry issue becomes so interesting.

Who is going to give up shots and touches? Steph Curry? Klay Thompson? Draymond Green? Durant? What transpires in the early going of this season is going to be so interesting on so many levels but this team deserves to be such an overwhelming favorite to win the title.

NBA championships aren’t won on paper but it’s hard to bet against this group exacting a little revenge on the league after squandering that commanding lead versus the Cavs.

Western Conference -250

The West is in a bit of a transitional period. The San Antonio Spurs are now Tim Duncan-less. They brought in Pau Gasol, who is a slick passer in the low post, but reports indicate that things aren’t as rosy with LaMarcus Aldridge as we may think.

The Los Angeles Clippers will be good, especially with a few key players in contract years  (Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are on player options). Russell Westbrook and James Harden are going to put up monstrous, MVP-caliber numbers for OKC and Houston, respectively, but are their squads strong enough to compete with Golden State? Nah.

The price isn’t the most appealing but when you picture the 2017 NBA Final, does it include the Warriors? Of course it does.

Pacific Division -10000

At this price, what’s the point? The Clips are the only team that will, and I use this term lightly, compete for the Pacific Division title, unless we see otherworldly progress from the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings or Phoenix Suns which is so unfathomable that I felt awkward typing it out.

Season Win Total: 66.5

The Warriors have eclipsed this number in each of the past two seasons, winning 73 last year and 67 in their title-winning 2014-15 campaign. As crazy as it is to think that books have hung such a high number on the board, is it that far-fetched?

Considering the West isn’t as mighty as it once was, they should feast on inter-conference foes. They posted a 46-6 SU record versus the conference one season ago and if Durant fits in seamlessly here, what’s to say they can’t win 50 versus the conference alone?

No matter what happens, the Warriors will get headlines in the media, eyeballs from fans, and money from the sportsbook. Whether they cash in for their backers on a per night basis or in those title futures is another question altogether.

2016 Golden State Warriors Futures Odds
NBA Championship-125
Western Conference-250
Pacific Division-10000
Win Total66.5

Odds as of October 19 at Bovada