NBA -- Warriors pegged as heavy favorites to repeat as champs
By Taha Qureshi
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
INDIANA -- The 2017-18 NBA regular season opens today with a nationally televised double-header featuring the Golden State Warriors hosting the Houston Rockets at the Oracle Arena in the main event.
In the appetizing co-feature the reigning Eastern Conference champions Cleveland Cavaliers take on the visiting Boston Celtics at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
There is no shortage of story lines in today's match-ups as the the defending NBA champion Warriors face the new-look Rockets, who acquired former Los Angeles Clippers ace Chris Paul during the offseson. Putting Paul alongside fellow All-Star and last season's MVP candidate James Harden gives Houston one of the most explosive backcourts in the history of the league.
Despite the emergence of super teams, like the one in Oklahoma where the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, the reigning NBA MVP, is joined by former Indiana Pacer Paul George and ex-Knick Carmelo Anthony, the Warriors are still heavy favorites to repeat.
And why not? The Warriors kept their key core of stars for this season's title defense ---- Kevin Durant. Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Key reserves Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee and Shaun Livingston are also back.
According to ESPN, the Warriors are heavy favorites to win the 2018 title at 5-12 odds. The Cavaliers come in at second at 4-1 whle theCeltics are favored at 10-1. The Spurs finish in 4th at 16-1.
LeBron James, suffering from a sprained ankle, will suit up for the Celtics battle.
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Taha Qureshi.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|“THE BOMB” ARANETA EXPLODES WITH TWO SECONDS TO GO|
By Dong Secuya, Sun, 19 Aug 2018ARANETA’S LATE ONE-PUNCH KO CAPS “DOUBLE RUMBLE” IN MANDAUE
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Sun, 19 Aug 2018Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson Interim WBO Featherweight World Championship, Cristofer Rosales vs. Paddy Barnes WBC Flyweight World Championship, Tyson Fury vs. Francesco Pianeta
By , Sun, 19 Aug 2018ANDREW 'EL CHANGO' CANCIO DEFEATS DARDAN ZENUNAJ IN BLOODY MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN
By , Sat, 18 Aug 2018OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: PH in 1954 World Men’s Basketball Championship
By Eddie Alinea, Sat, 18 Aug 2018Weights from Puerto Rico
By , Sat, 18 Aug 2018Jennings vs. Dimitrenko / Hart vs. Gavronski - Weigh-In Results
By , Sat, 18 Aug 2018SANMAN PROMOTIONS PRESENTS: PLANIA VS. IMPERIAL FOR THE VACANT WBC ASIA SUPER BANTAM TITLE
By , Sat, 18 Aug 2018"ROCKY" STALLONE BELIEVES PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER REMATCH IS 99% CERTAIN
By Maloney L. Samaco, Sat, 18 Aug 2018Deontay Wilder Confronts Tyson Fury In Belfast, Real Or Fake?
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018Quotes from Omega Presscon in Mandaue, Cebu
By Carlos Costa, Fri, 17 Aug 2018WBO CHAMP VIC SALUDAR ATTENDS THE “DOUBLE RUMBLE” MANDAUE WEIGH-IN
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Fri, 17 Aug 2018WEIGHTS FROM MANDAUE FOR REGIONAL TITLES: ARANETA, TOMOGDAN; ZAYANI, MANCITO MAKE WEIGHT
By Dong Secuya, Fri, 17 Aug 20181954: Memorable for PH basketball
By Eddie Alinea, Fri, 17 Aug 2018Dana White Says He Would've Kicked Tito Ortiz's Ass, But Tito Backed Out
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018Snips and Snipes 16 August 2018: Frampton Brings Boxing Back in Belfast
By Eric Armit, Fri, 17 Aug 2018ANDREW CANCIO VS. DARDAN ZENUNAJ OFFICIAL WEIGHTS
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018AC Fight Night Presser: Jennings + Hart Bring Philly Power to Boardwalk
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018Official "Homecoming" weights from Worcester, MA
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018Press Conference: Santiago-Miño, Ortiz-Ortiz, Matias-Prescott, Santiago-Figueroa
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018UNDEFEATED KNOCKOUT ARTIST JON FERNANDEZ TO FACE FELLOW 130-POUND PROSPECT O’SHAQUIE FOSTER FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018CARL FRAMPTON vs. LUKE JACKSON FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018Selina Barrios' Opponent Announced, Faces Patricia Juarez, Sister of WBC Bantamweight Champion Marina "Barbie" Juarez on September 22 in Corpus Christi
By , Fri, 17 Aug 2018ABS CBN S+A Replays ALA's IDOL 3 on August 17, 25 & 27
By Carlos Costa, Fri, 17 Aug 2018