The Golden State Warriors are right back in the mix for the 2023 title after winning it all a season ago. Stephen Curry continues to play at near-MVP levels while Klay Thompson has returned to pre-injury form. The Splash Brothers – in addition to Jordan Poole – remind the league daily that no lead is safe with three 40% shooters from beyond the arc.
Currently, the Warriors are facing the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference semi-finals. Below, we’ll go over Warriors versus Lakers game lines, series prices, player props, game previews, and more.
Golden State Warriors Odds
View updated Golden State Warriors odds below. The Warriors had +1600 odds to win the NBA title on May 10.
The Warriors chances of advancing to the Western Conference Finals are diminishing as a result of falling into a 3-1 hole versus the Lakers. Although Game 4 was much closer, 104-101, Steph Curry and company now must win three straight, including one on the road. Steph Curry is leading the Warriors offense with 25.3 PPG and 8 APG in the series while the Lakers are getting 23.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.3 APG from LeBron James.
Warriors – Lakers series odds
Following a Game 4 loss, the Warriors’ odds are +350 to win their second round series against the Lakers. L.A. is now -450. Here were the Warriors versus Lakers correct series score prices prior to Game 1:
- Warriors 4-0: +1000
- Warriors 4-1: +380
- Warriors 4-2: +500
- Warriors 4-3: +350
- Lakers 4-0: +1600
- Lakers 4-1: +1000
- Lakers 4-2: +400
- Lakers 4-3: +600
Warriors NBA Title Odds
The Golden State Warriors have +1600 NBA Finals odds. Curry returning to the lineup was a huge boost to the team, which is now at full strength in its playoff series against the Lakers.
- G Stephen Curry
- G Klay Thompson
- G Jordan Poole
- F Andrew Wiggins
- F Draymond Green
- C Kevon Looney
- G Donte DiVincenzo
- G Ty Jerome
- G Moses Moody
- G Gary Payton II
- G Lester Quinones
- F Anthony Lamb
- F Andre Iguodala
- F Jonathan Kuminga
- F JaMychal Green
- F Patrick Baldwin Jr.
Who are the best players on the Warriors?
Stephen Curry: The man that changed the way basketball is played continues to dominate the league at 34 years old. He’s averaging nearly 30 points per game on nearly 50-40-90 shooting splits. Nearly every shooting record is rewritten by Curry and his three point record continues to look more and more unbreakable as Curry knocks down five shots per game from beyond the arc.
Klay Thompson: A relief to NBA fans, Thompson appears to be fully back and healthy from his back-to-back ACL/Achilles injuries. He’s shooting over 40% from three and scoring 22.1 points per game this season, among the best numbers of his career. Klay scored 54 against Atlanta in January, one of his best career games at age 32. While Curry was in and out of the lineup, Thompson kept the offense rolling.
Jordan Poole: The next-up Splash Brother is having large and by far his best season. Poole was called upon frequently with Curry sidelined, a role which he stepped into nicely. He has 11 30-point games this season and two 40-point outings against Toronto and Portland. While Poole might not be historic shooter Curry is, he’s an extremely capable playmaker and reliable from the free throw line.
Golden State Warriors Props
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Warriors Current Season
The defending champions look similar to the team from last season: playing quiet, good basketball. While not quite in the same standing as the 2022 championship team – that team clinched the third seed in the West – nobody wants to play Golden State in the playoffs. Curry missed two major stretches this season, in December and February, resulting in 22 missed games.
However, Curry is back in the rotation just in time for the home stretch. The Warriors stand fifth in the West, but just three games separate their seed from totally missing the play-in game. The remainder of their schedule is tough and their current playoff standing is precarious.
This season, Jordan Poole emerged into a star. He’s averaging a career-high 20.8 points per game, third-most on the team, and got plenty of work in Curry’s absence. Poole’s involvement helped the Warriors still go 14-12 without Curry in the lineup this season.
Klay Thompson is shooting above 40% from three for the first time since his ACL injury. He’s also matching career-highs in scoring and rebounds. The three-guard rotation of Curry, Poole, and Thompson makes Golden State as dangerous as any team in the NBA heading into postseason play.
- Traded for G Gary Payton II
- Traded C James Wiseman to Pistons
The biggest trade for the Warriors landed them another guard, Gary Payton II, in a four-team deal that sent James Wiseman to the Pistons. Payton provides some veteran experience to the point guard position behind Curry, who was dealing with injury late in the season.
How to bet on the Warriors
Golden State Warriors Odds: Moneyline
Betting on the Moneyline simply refers to betting on winners. Favorites are marked by having a “minus” number while underdogs show a “plus” number. For example:
- Warriors -150
- Pelicans +125
In this instance, sportsbooks favor the Warriors over the Wizards. With -150 odds, a bettor would need to play $150 to win $100. On the flip side, a $100 bet on the Pelicans would win $125. In both instances, a winning bet returns the initial bet amount.
Golden State Warriors Odds: Point Spread
Betting on the point spread takes things a bit deeper. Instead of just betting on a winner, bettors wager on the differential in a game. For example:
- Grizzlies +3 (-110)
- Warriors -3 (-110)
In this instance, sportsbooks favor the Warriors by three points. A successful bet on the Warriors would need them to win by more than three points. A successful bet on the Grizzlies would require Memphis to lose by fewer than three points or win the game outright. If the game ends in exactly a three-point Warriors win, all initial bets are returned and the bet is declared a “push.”
The number in parentheses next to the spread is the price you’re paying for either side. In the above example, you’d need to wager $110 to win $100 on either side. Sportsbooks make the number -110 instead of +100 on many bets. This is known as the “vigorish” or “vig” and represents the cut a sportsbook expects to take from either side. For example, +100 represents 50% (+100– or “even money”– would be 50% + 50%, adding up to 100%). However, -110 represents 52.4. So, A bet on either side at 52.4% would add up to 104.8%, or a 4.8% vig.
Golden State Warriors Odds: Point Total (Over/Under)
Bettors can also wager on the point total (also known as the over/under) instead. In this case, bettors wager on the total number of points scored by both teams combined in the game. For example:
- Over 237.5 (-110)
- Under 237.5 (-110)
Betting the over requires the two teams to combine for at least 238 points. If the final score is 121-117 or 125-120, then the over would hit regardless of who wins the game. However, if the game ended 109-107, the under would hit. The same rules apply with vigorish and price, listed in parentheses next to the over/under.
In-Play And Live Betting
All of the bets listed above can be made in one of two ways, either pre-game or in-play (“live”). Pre-game bets happen before the game tips off. However, bettors can also place bets on games while the game is ongoing. Odds change constantly, especially in a fast-paced game like basketball. Keen bettors can take advantage of in-play betting.
Taking the above example, if the Warriors closed as -3 favorites, but the Grizzlies jump out to a 12-point first quarter lead, that number may change to Warriors +2. With the rate that Golden State can turn a game around, bettors can wager on the Warriors live to get a better number than what was offered before the game tipped off.
This applies to the total, too. Say both teams got off to an uncharacteristically-bad shooting stretch, but the volume and pace is still there. Should the live total drop to, say, 228.5, bettors can take the over on the premise that the teams will return to their usual shooting splits.
We advise caution with live betting as TV broadcasts can have long tape delays. In basketball, a 15-second tape delay may represent two entire possessions or a six-point swing in a game. Sportsbooks are ahead of this, so it’s best practice to only live bet during timeouts.
Parlays And Teasers
Stringing multiple bets together is called a parlay. Parlays increase betting volume greatly, but also require each leg to be correct to win the bet. For example, betting on the Warriors -4.5 (-110) against the Thunder and Under 243 (-110) separately would require $220 total to win $200 on both bets combined. However, parlay these two together and the parlay price comes out to +223 odds. That same $220 would now win $490.60 total.
Parlays enables bettors to win more money, but at the expense of a higher breakeven percentage. Each leg of a parlay seriously decreases the overall chances of the bet winning, but can strategically be used to great effect.
Teaser betting refers to buying and selling points. It’s a much more popular bet with the NFL, but teaser betting works in the NBA, too. Teasers are a form of parlay betting. Bettors can buy four or six points, but must string two legs together with odds usually set at -120 or longer. For example, a six-point teaser turns: Warriors +2 (-110) and Under 238.5 (-110) points into Warriors +8 and Under 244.5 points, combined to -120 odds.
While bettors get the extra breathing room, it also forces you to be more correct to break even.
Warriors Franchise History
To start the Warriors’ franchise story in 2015 would be an extreme disservice. Golden State has been a prominent NBA franchise, having rostered some of the league’s biggest names throughout history. The Warriors originated in Philadelphia, where they moved to San Francisco in 1962. They rebranded to the Golden State Warriors in 1971.
The Warriors won their first two championships in 1947 an 1956 in Philly.
Four of the Warriors seven franchise championships came under the “Splash Brothers” Curry and Thompson, but Golden State had three to their name prior to this new era. Wilt Chamberlain was the first true superstar for the Warriors, though they never won a championship with him on the roster. Among the team’s final days in Philadelphia, Wilt scored the legendary 100 points in a single game against the Knicks.
Following the Wilt era, Hall of Fame players Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond led the Warriors to another championship in 1975. That championship over the Washington Bullets is regarded as one of the biggest championship upsets in NBA history. The Warriors swept the Bullets.
After the 1975 championship, the Warriors fell to occasional playoff appearances and eventually dropped into irrelevance. They made the playoffs once between 1994-2012.
The modern era for Golden State not only stands as one of the most dominant streaks in the NBA, but fundamentally changed the way the game is played. Curry and Thompson’s unstoppable rain of threes forced teams to play small ball and emphasize the three pointer. They traded blows with LeBron James and the Cavaliers throughout the mid-2010s, eventually enlisting in the help of Kevin Durant to win another two titles. They made five straight NBA Finals from 2015-19.
Their most recent title came in 2022 over the Boston Celtics.
Warriors Odds FAQs
Who is favored to win 2023 NBA Finals?
The Boston Celtics () and Milwaukee Bucks () in the East are neck-and-neck as title favorites. The Philadelphia 76ers () fall further behind on odds tables, but are still viable contenders. These odds will change as playoff matchups are set.
The Phoenix Suns () jumped to the lead in the West after trading for Kevin Durant. Back-to-back NBA MVP winner Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets () come in behind the Suns, followed in the West by the Los Angeles Clippers ().
How likely are the Warriors to win the NBA Championship this year?
The Warriors have odds to win this year’s NBA Finals, third-shortest in the Western Conference. Given their track record and status as defending champion, Golden State is never far from the conversation. However, it does feel like the championship window is closing eventually.
What Is The Warriors’ Chance To Make The Playoffs?
The Warriors have odds to make the NBA Playoffs this year. Keep in mind, being eliminated in the play-in game does not count as a playoff berth. The Warriors would either have to make the top six seeds or win a play-in game to cash this bet.
Are Warriors out of the playoffs?
The Warriors are not out of the playoffs, instead they are hanging onto standing inside the true playoff field. With a bunched-together middle of the West, the Warriors are only ever a few games out of playoff elimination or the play-in game.