Vegas: GS Warriors better than ’96 Bulls

After the Golden State Warriors won Game 2 of the NBA Finals, conversations continue to swirl around about the greatness of this superteam. While the NBA Finals is not over, negating any expectations from the Cavaliers, who pulled off a miraculous 3-1 series deficit last season, this series is different because of the presence of Kevin Durant.

It seems that the series is over. In one of the biggest talks in sports today, the current Warriors (14-0), are even the favorites to beat the Michael Jordan-led 1996 Chicago Bulls team. The ’96 Bulls went on to finish the regular season with a 72-10 record and overpowered the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA Finals.

Las Vegas oddsmakers decided to take side between the Jordan-led Bulls against this year’s Warriors if they would be playing in the Finals. ESPN talked to seven Vegas bookmakers and asked them to set the odds in a game and series between the two teams.

“Five of the six had the Warriors favored, from as high as -8 at the MGM (per Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts) to as low as -2 at William Hill US (per Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading, William Hill US).”

The oddsmakers are not always perfect in looking at a series but it is clear that the Warriors are better through their eyes.

“The biggest factor is what rules is game being played under,” Matthew Holt, COO at CG Analytics told ESPN in an email. “Being able to hand check would make the Bulls favorite and their roster was built for that. In the no-hand check era the Warriors’ current roster is much better suited and would have some serious speed and shooter advantages at several key positions.”

Millions of basketball fans may not agree with the oddsmakers for it remains in the minds of those who saw the Bulls as the greatest team ever. However, it would be mind boggling to just match each players like Michael Jordan vs Kevin Durant, Scottie Pippen vs Stephen Curry, Tony Kukoc vs Klay Thompson and Dennis Rodman vs Draymond Green.

“Five of the six had the Warriors favored, from as high as -8 at the MGM (per Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts) to as low as -2 at William Hill US (per Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading, William Hill US)” according to ESPN.

The speed and shooting accuracy of the Warriors were dominating the Cavaliers in the first two games. Also, the Warriors are a 3-point favorite for Game 3 at Cleveland. The Warriors are different from last season because primarily of Durant who is averaging  35.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.

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