Thursday night was a 48-minute coronation for members of the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors capped off their fourth NBA Championship in eight years, thanks to a 103-90 victory over Boston in Game 6 of the league finals.
It was a night that saw Steph Curry capture his first NBA Finals MVP trophy, after dropping 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting on an overmatched Boston squad.
It was a night where Golden State came away victorious despite being outshot (42.5%-to-41.3%) — thanks to their ability to hit the same percentage of shots from behind the arc.
Above all, it was an evening where the Warriors finalized a yearlong march toward immortality, with former No. 1 pick-turned-castaway Andrew Wiggins adding 18 points and six rebounds for Steve Kerr’s squad.
Now, Golden State’s focus shifts toward trying to land reinforcements during Thursday’s NBA Draft and trying to reload so they can defend their crown come 2023.
There is no legal California sports betting.
But two different sports betting initiatives will go before voters in November.
2023 NBA Championship Future Odds Top 12
Warriors the 2023 NBA Title Frontrunner
Across a pair of national mobile sportsbooks, Kerr’s squad finds itself as the clear frontrunner to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy a year from now.
Both BetMGM (+550) and Caesars Sportsbook (+500) have Golden State atop their respective 2023 NBA Championship odds boards.
On BetMGM, Golden State ranks ahead of the Celtics (+650), Brooklyn (+700), L.A. Clippers and Milwaukee (+750).
At Caesars Sportsbook, the Warriors are ahead of the Nets and Celtics (+600), and Bucks (+750).
Curry an Early MVP Candidate
The other storyline that emerges from the early betting odds is Curry will be among the top candidates to claim his third MVP trophy in 2023.
BetMGM has Curry ranking ninth on their MVP odds board, behind Joel Embiid (+500), Luka Doncic (+550), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+700), Nikola Jokic (+850), Ja Morant (+1000), Kevin Durant (+1200) and Jayson Tatum (+1400).
Curry, at +1800, is just in front of LeBron James (+2000).