The Golden State Warriors were not the favorites to win the 2021-22 title in the NBA’s Western Conference. That honor went to the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the Lakers have struggled this season and are currently in the seventh spot in the conference and are in danger of falling behind the Minnesota Timberwolves and LA Clippers who are hot on their tail in the standings. Meanwhile, Golden State started hot and has remained hot. The club is currently tied for first in the league with the Phoenix Suns and the recent return of Klay Thompson has only helped to solidify the Warriors hold on the top spot in the NBA Western Conference futures.
2022 Western Conference Odds
|Golden State Warriors||+160||+150||+160||+220||+220|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+600||+600||+600||+700||+500|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+7500||+6600||+7500||+6000||+5400|
|San Antonio Spurs||+20000||+12500||+20000||+30000||+12000|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+25000||+25000||+25000||+30000||+12000|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+100000||+50000||+100000||+60000||+19000|
Things are looking up for Golden State
Klay Thompson missed two and a half years for the Warriors, but he returned to the club on Sunday after not playing since the 2019 NBA finals. Thompson scored 17 points, grabbed three rebounds, had one assist and added a block in 20 minutes of play during Golden State’s 96-82 win over the Cavaliers.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 10, 2022
Thompson and the Warriors are likely to ride the emotional high of his return to action for some time. That’s great for the team, which is 30-9 and had lost two games in a row for the first time right before Thompson’s return. Western Conference defenses are going to have fits covering Stephen Curry and Thompson for the rest of the 2021-22 NBA season.
Phoenix hangs tough
Devin Booker missed seven games for the Suns because of a hamstring injury. When he sustained that injury, the Suns were in a battle with the Warriors for first place in the Western Conference. Booker took his time in returning to the club and that care has paid off. He is shooting 41 percent this season. That number would crush his previous career high of 38.3 percent from 2017-18.
One bucket at a time. pic.twitter.com/2ULAPHGN0Y
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 9, 2022
I think many prognosticators have been waiting for the Suns to stumble, but the team has played great basketball and looks like it will be in the running to represent the NBA’s Western Conference in the NBA finals in two consecutive years.
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the teams they should this season, but when they face a club who is over .500 they struggle. That’s bad news because the Lakers are soon to start a stretch of games where they face teams with strong records. The run includes games against Utah, Denver, Miami, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Charlotte this month. This stretch of games, most of which are on the road, where the team is 7-9 could be a make or break run for the LeBron James led team.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 10, 2022
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