After falling to Washington in a game where they lost Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors have gone 2-2 since losing their leading scorer. If that mediocre record doesn’t say enough, Golden State’s opponents have consisted of the Bulls, Knicks, Hawks, and Celtics. Saying it has been a struggle for Steph Curry and co. would be an understatement.
Unfortunately, Durant is unlikely to return before the end of the regular season, so Steve Kerr will have to find a way to right the ship. Is this the bottom of the barrel for the Warriors, or could it get worse? As is generally the case, I don’t have answers; but I do have odds!
Golden State Odds
(*All odds are for the remainder of the 2016-17 regular season unless stated otherwise.)
Odds GS loses to another sub-.500 team:
The opportunity will certainly present itself. The Warriors play nine more games against teams below .500. Dallas and Milwaukee have both been playing pretty well lately, and will get up for their chance to play spoiler.
O/U total regular season losses: 16.5
The final stretch is rough for Golden State. They still have two games remaining against both San Antonio and Houston. With the way the Warriors are playing right now, it’s tough to pick them to win any of those four.
Odds GS wins the West: 5/4
The Spurs only trail by two games, so the Warriors will likely have to win at least one of those final two meetings to hold onto the top spot in the West. Gregg Popovich’s tendency to rest his players could help Golden State out. Will Pop stick with it now that the home-court is within reach?
Odds GS wins the NBA Championship: 5/3
Kevin Durant is still expected to return, but it’s sounding more like during the first or possibly second-round of the playoffs. If the Warriors have to play the Western Conference Semifinals against Houston without Durant, Curry will need to be in MVP-form.
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