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Warriors’ deep roster increases their odds to win it all

Oct 8, 2013, 10:41 AM PST

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The Golden State Warriors are 1-1 in the NBA preseason. After last year’s postseason run, the team returns upgraded and with a deep roster. Bay Area fans have many reasons to be excited about the Warriors and the shrewd sports books are taking the team seriously as well.

According to Bovada, the Warriors have the ninth-best odds to win the 2014 NBA Championship, the fifth-best odds to win the Western Conference and the second-best odds to win the Pacific Division.

[RELATED: Gary Payton thinks the Warriors will make it to the NBA Finals]

The oddsmakers are far from always correct, but they make a living on their rankings and it is interesting to see where they stand.

Seeking a second opinion? CSNBayArea.com’s new Warriors Insider Monte Poole thinks the Warriors’ roster depth could rival that of the group that won the NBA Championship in 1975.

Poole writes:

The Warriors actually have a wealth of functional parts, most of which come with considerable experience and all of which are in a variety of sizes. To begin with, one wing with All-Star potential – either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes – is likely to open the season coming off the bench. The other wing option, veteran Andre Iguodala, acquired in the offseason, is a certified All-Star. Such riches are foreign to a franchise that went 16 years (1997-2013) between representatives in the All-Star Game.

Here’s a look at how the NBA stacks up courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship 

1. Miami Heat                                2/1

T-2. Chicago Bulls                            8/1

T-2. Oklahoma City Thunder              8/1

4. Los Angeles Clippers                9/1

T-5. Houston Rockets                      10/1

T-5. Indiana Pacers                          10/1

T-5. Brooklyn Nets                           10/1

8. San Antonio Spurs                    12/1

9. Golden State Warriors               16/1

10. New York Knicks                       22/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference     

Los Angeles Clippers                7/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              7/2

Houston Rockets                      4/1

San Antonio Spurs                    11/2

Golden State Warriors               7/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     10/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   16/1

Denver Nuggets                        18/1

Dallas Mavericks                       25/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            50/1

New Orleans Pelicans                50/1

Portland Trailblazers                  66/1

Utah Jazz                                  75/1

Sacramento Kings                     100/1

Phoenix Suns                            150/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Pacific Division           

Los Angeles Clippers                2/5

Golden State Warriors               9/5

Los Angeles Lakers                   10/1

Sacramento Kings                     100/1

Phoenix Suns                            200/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference     

Miami Heat                                1/1

Chicago Bulls                            4/1

Indiana Pacers                          5/1

Brooklyn Nets                           11/2

New York Knicks                       9/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   40/1

Detroit Pistons                          40/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Atlanta Hawks                           66/1

Boston Celtics                          66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       100/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     150/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     250/1

Orlando Magic                          250/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division          

Brooklyn Nets                           1/2

New York Knicks                       7/4

Toronto Raptors                        14/1

Boston Celtics                          33/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     66/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Central Division           

Chicago Bulls                            2/3

Indiana Pacers                          7/5

Cleveland Cavaliers                   16/1

Detroit Pistons                          16/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       66/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Southeast Division      

Miami Heat                                1/100

Washington Wizards                  12/1

Atlanta Hawks                           14/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     200/1

Orlando Magic                          200/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Northwest Division      

Oklahoma City Thunder              1/4

Denver Nuggets                        11/2

Minnesota Timberwolves            10/1

Portland Trailblazers                  18/1

Utah Jazz                                  18/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Southwest Division      

Houston Rockets                      13/10

San Antonio Spurs                    7/5

Memphis Grizzlies                     4/1

Dallas Mavericks                       16/1

New Orleans Pelicans                25/1

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