Warriors Vying to Live Up to their ReputationPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The Golden State Warriors have amassed one of the most overpowered teams in NBA history. Thanks to their current roster, almost every single online NBA betting fan is picking the Warriors to win the title this season. In fact, the bookmakers are so convinced of Golden State’s impending success that they have given the Warriors the best odds amongst the NBA with -120 odds. It’s not very often that you see a team enter the season with such favorable odds on a futures line. But the line is understandable. After all, the Warriors were one game removed from winning the title in 2016, and they did win it all back in 2015. This year, they’ll open up the 2016-17 season by facing the franchise that won the title in 2014, the San Antonio Spurs. There’s no doubt most basketball betting sites will paint the Warriors as the favorite, and Golden State will need to prove they are worthy of that honor right out of the gate.
There’s no denying that Golden State has more talent than any other team within the NBA. But it’s also true that there will be more pressure on this squad than any other club. The Warriors began to fall apart in last season’s NBA Finals, and the added pressure didn’t help, in fact it made things worse. Now with Kevin Durant in the mix, the pressure will be on Golden State to win week in and week out. This is the same team that set the record for most wins in a season last year, so even if they only win 70 this season, the media will still criticize their performance. The type of scrutiny that the Warriors will be under this season is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and it’ll be interesting to see if Golden State thrives, or crumbles under the added pressure.
This year’s Golden State Warriors won’t be exactly the same as last years. Other than the obvious addition of Kevin Durant, some players parted ways with the Warriors during the offseason. This includes Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli, and Andrew Bogut. The online NBA betting odds think the Warriors will be fine without those players, but there’s no doubting that those athletes were big contributors to the Warriors 2015-16 success. To help combat those losses the Warriors brought in Durant, and with their limited cap space signed veterans Zaza Pachulia and David West.
Even though the Warriors lost a good amount of players, their losses can be categorized as minor. The loss the San Antonio Spurs endured during this offseason is anything but. Tim Duncan was the face of the Spurs franchise for nearly twenty years. How San Antonio will rebound after the loss of the legendary Duncan remains to be seen. In order to help the team transition the Spurs have brought in Pau Gasol, a very solid ballplayer. They’ve also brought in David Lee, a 33-year old whose reputation isn’t as stellar as Gasol’s, but should add some depth to the Spurs’ roster. If the Spurs can upset the Warriors on opening day, then the online NBA betting odds might have to stop favoring Golden State so defiantly.