It’s been two years since the Golden State Warriors won the state of California’s last NBA championship, with the Denver Nuggets winning it all in 2022 to break the Golden State’s grasp on the Larry O’Brien trophy. Between the Warriors, who have won it all in 2018, 2019 and 2022, and the L.A. Lakers’ 2020 title run in the bubble, it’s been a solid half-decade for the state’s NBA franchises, with the Sacramento Kings and L.A. Clippers each making strides towards championship contention in recent years as well.
While the first month of the NBA season may be short, it is an important few games to get off to a hot start in October. BetCalifornia.com is naturally thinking with a California sports betting state of mind and utilized ChampsorChumps.us to find the records of every NBA team in October since the 2017-2018 to find the best to worst teams during the first month of the NBA season. Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same amount of games, so ranking is based on win percentage. No games were played in October during the 2020-21 NBA season.
NBA Team Records in the Month of October Since 2017-18
For the story, we can cover each of the teams’ October games and any storylines as part of the October schedules for each of them. Below you'll find some information that may help you make decisions on California betting apps once they become legal.
Which California NBA Teams Have Done Well in October?
Unsurprisingly, given the franchise’s run of championships, the Warriors are the state’s best team in October — posting a 22-12 mark during the 10th month of the year to grab the fourth best record in the 30-team league. The Warriors trailed the Milwaukee Bucks, who have gone 22-9 (.710) in October, and the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, who have both gone 23-10 (.697) during the first calendar month of the NBA’s regular season since 2017-18.
The rest of California’s trio of NBA franchises ranked across the board, when it came to October success, with the Clippers posting the league’s 13th best record, at 16-15 (.516), while the Lakers’ 14-18 (.438) record ranks 18th leaguewide. The Kings’ 11-21 (.344) record in October ranks in a tie with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic for last in the 30-team league, showing how far Mike Brown and company have to go to bring Sacramento back to respectability in the ultra-competitive NBA.
As far as NBA title futures are concerned, the Lakers have the best title odds on BetMGM Sportsbook, at +1300, while the Warriors come in at +1400, the Clippers just behind them at +2000 and the Kings lagging behind at +5000. Unfortunately, there isn't a BetMGM Sportsbook California yet, but these are based on the national numbers.All four will look to rebound on the court this fall, using October as a springboard towards what players and fans will hope is a new era for California NBA basketball in the league’s 2023-24 regular season.