No Surprise as Warriors Open as Western Conference Betting Favorites

Western Conference 2022 2023 Season Odds

  • The Golden State Warriors open as the +275 odds on favorite to win the 2022-23 Western Conference.
  • The L.A. Clippers are second with their +375 odds.
  • Despite missing the playoffs last season, the Lakers are 6th at +1000 odds.

Fresh off winning the 2022 NBA title, the Golden State Warriors have opened as the odds on favorite to win the 2022-23 Western Conference.

Per online betting site BetMGM, Golden State is the +275 odds-on-favorite to win back-to-back Western Conference titles. This past season, Golden State opened with the second-best odds to win the West at +500, behind the Los Angeles Lakers who opened at -160 odds. Los Angeles plummeted to irrelevancy with a disappointing season while the Warriors returned to the summit after missing the playoffs in the previous two seasons.

4th Ring Together

The Warriors won three straight games to close out the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals. The win gave Golden State’s core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala their 4th ring together. The Dubs also became the first champion team since 1978 to have eight players on their roster whom they drafted. With this “built, not bought” DNA, there’s no question that the Dubs will be the team to beat again next season.

Golden State won the title even if Klay Thompson was not yet 100% recovered from his injuries. They also played the entire season without sophomore center James Wiseman. Golden State’s rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are expected to be better in their second year while Jordan Poole could be on the verge of superstardom. With Andrew Wiggins proving to be an All-Star performer, the Warriors are loaded heading to next season.

The Dubs are the current +500 odds on favorite to repeat as NBA champions at the BetOnline App so it’s no surprise why they are the betting favorites to win the Western Conference. However, the Warriors are expected to receive plenty of challenges from five other teams with odds of +1000 or shorter to win the West.

Odds to Win 2022-23 Western Conference

The L.A. Clippers are touted as the Warriors’ stiffest challenge in the West at +375 odds. The Clippers nearly made the playoffs despite playing without Kawhi Leonard the entire season. If Leonard comes back healthy next season and Paul George continues his strong play from the 2022 season, there is no doubt that the Clippers are a team to watch. L.A. finally made the Conference Finals in 2021. Will they break through in 2023?

Phoenix beat the Clippers to win the Western Conference in 2021 but lost to the Bucks in the Finals. It looked like the Suns were locked in to win in 2022 when they finished with the best record in the NBA during the regular season but they sputtered in the playoffs. With Deandre Ayton’s status still hanging in the balance, the Suns may be a risk at +450 odds.

The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets are next at +800 apiece. With Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic still heading to their primes, both are expected to contend for the West title this season. Interestingly, the L.A. Lakers are next at +1000 despite missing the playoffs this past campaign. No other team has odds shorter than +2000.

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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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