Golden State Captures 4th NBA Title in 8 Years, Favorites for 2023

Golden State Captures 4th NBA Title in 8 Years, Favorites for 2023
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

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%) โ€” 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 Kerrโ€™s squad.

Now, Golden Stateโ€™s focus shifts toward trying to land reinforcements during Thursdayโ€™s NBA Draft and trying to reload so they can defend their crown come 2023.

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But two different sports betting initiatives will go before voters in November.

2023 NBA Championship Future Odds Top 12

๐Ÿ€ Golden State+550
๐Ÿ€ Boston+650
๐Ÿ€ Brooklyn+700
๐Ÿ€ L.A. Clippers+750
๐Ÿ€ Milwaukee+800
๐Ÿ€ Phoenix+900
๐Ÿ€ Dallas+1400
๐Ÿ€ Denver+1400
๐Ÿ€ Memphis+1400
๐Ÿ€ Miami+1400
๐Ÿ€ Philadelphia+1400
๐Ÿ€ L.A. Lakers+2200
Odds provided by BetMGM Sportsbook.

Warriors the 2023 NBA Title Frontrunner

Across a pair of national mobile sportsbooks, Kerrโ€™s squad finds itself as the clear frontrunner to hoist the Larry Oโ€™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).

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Christopher Boan
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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetCalifornia.com, specializing in sports betting issues in the western United States. He's covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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