Are the Warriors the Next Victims of Sports Betting’s Drake Curse?

The Drake Curse Golden State Warriors Background

  • Rapper Drake made a 200,000 Canadian dollar bet on the Golden State Warriors at 5-1 odds to win the Western Conference championship.
  • Golden State is the third seed in the West and has the second-shortest odds to win the Conference via Bet365 USA.
  • Drake is coming off back to back sports betting setbacks after losing a $275K bet on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 and $100K on the Duke Blue Devils in the Final Four.

Superstar rapper Drake is known for his massive sports bets. Now that the NBA season is entering the playoffs, the Canadian musician has pulled the trigger on his first big NBA bet.

The 200,000 bet in Canadian dollars is equivalent to around 158,000 in U.S. dollars and it was made on the Golden State Warriors to win the Western Conference at 5-1 odds. The bet would win 1,000,000 Canadian dollars or roughly 790,000 U.S. dollars.

Odds to Win the Western Conference

The Warriors finished the regular season with a 53-29 record, their best mark since 2018-19 when they last made the NBA Finals. Golden State is the current third seed in the Western Conference playoffs and according to online sportsbook Bet365 USA, they have the second shortest odds to win the conference at +350, with only the top-seeded Phoenix Suns at +130 having shorter odds than them.

Golden State will open its 2022 postseason campaign with a seven-game series against the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors are currently a -255 favorite to win the series and a -300 to close it in seven games at the BetOnline App. Should the Warriors beat the Nuggets, they would advance to the second round where they will face either the no. 2 Memphis Grizzlies or the no. 7 Minnesota Timberwolves. After that, the Dubs could go head to head with the Suns in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Expectations are high in the Bay Area after Steph Curry had another MVP-caliber season. The Warriors are also bolstered by the return of Klay Thompson who missed the previous two seasons with ACL and Achilles injuries. Draymond Green was also among the early Defensive Player of the Year favorites while the likes of All-Star Andrew Wiggins, super-sub Jordan Poole, and rookie Jonathan Kuminga add more firepower to the Dubs.

The Drake Curse Continues

Drake has been a longtime sports bettor and in his betting history, he’s lost big bets on big events that have led to the “Drake Curse” in sports betting. That curse was supposed to have ended after the Canadian rapper won big with the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LVI.

However, Drake’s next big bet – a $275,000 stake on MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 last March, lost. He followed that up with a $100,000 bet on the Duke Blue Devils against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last month. UNC defeated Duke to advance to the Finals, leaving Drake with another betting setback.

The Drake Curse began when teams that the rapper supported in big sporting events lost their games. In 2013, he celebrated with the Miami Heat, and the following season, Miami lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals. Drake is also linked to the Kentucky Wildcats’ NCAA title drought after the program has not won a title since he gave the UK’s 2012 team engraved rings. He was also with Conor McGregor’s entourage when the Notorious lost to Khabib. The Alabama football team also lost to Clemson in the 2019 CFP title game after Drake was seen wearing a Crimson Tide hoodie. Later that year, boxer Anthony Joshua was upset by Andy Ruiz after boasting he would beat the Drake Curse.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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