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NBA -- Warriors pegged as heavy favorites to repeat as champs


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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 Cav​aliers 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.


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