Warriors 2018-19 Schedule: Top Games, Championship Odds and Record Predictions
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Love them or hate them, the Golden State Warriors will have history in their sights when the 2018-19 regular season rolls around.
The defending champions have won back-to-back titles thanks to June’s four-game romp past the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they’ve cemented themselves as a dynasty with three championships in the last four years.
Now, the Dubs are looking to become the sixth team in league history, and the first since the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers, to three-peat.
That quest will get underway Oct. 16, when Golden State hosts Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena. This season will mark Golden State’s last in Oakland before moving to the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco in 2019.
Season Opener: Oct 16. vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Championship Odds: 4-7 (via Odds Shark)
Full Schedule: NBA.com
Los Angeles Lakers: Dec. 25 (home), Jan. 21 (away), Feb. 2 (home), April 4 (away)
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As a member of the Cavaliers, LeBron James saw the Warriors twice during the regular season.
But now that he’s with the Los Angeles Lakers, James will have the pleasure of squaring off against the Bay Area ballers four times before the playoffs roll around.
That may not be welcome news for LeBron given the way the Warriors owned his Cavaliers the last two postseasons, but it will be for fans who want to see the game’s greatest player trying to upend the league’s most star-studded squad.
Beyond LeBron, Lakers-Warriors tilts will also allow Rajon Rondo to reignite his feud with Draymond Green after the two went at it during Golden State’s second-round playoff series over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Toss in a wild card like Lance Stephenson, and the entertainment value should be off the charts whenever the Pacific Division foes clash.
“When I first got into the league Oracle would be buzzing any time the Lakers came in,” Warriors point guard Stephen Curry told the Associated Press’ Janie McCauley. “There probably will be a revolution of Laker fans that are going to try to creep in but I hope Bay Area and Dub Nation we keep control of that competition because we’re on top right now.”
Boston Celtics: Jan. 26 (away), March 5 (home)
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This space could have been reserved for words about the Houston Rockets or Oklahoma City Thunder—clubs that have well-documented histories of disdain for the Warriors.
However, a new king is set to emerge in the Eastern Conference following James’ departure from Cleveland.
And as things stand, the Celtics are the favorites to claim that throne. According to OddsShark, the Celtics are -125 (bet $125 to win $100) to win the East, with the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors trailing at +450 and +550, respectively.
Given that status and Boston’s wealth of talent across the board, the Celtics could be on the verge of a burgeoning rivalry with the defending champions.
In other words, don’t be surprised if these two showdowns turn into heated affairs.
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The Warriors only won 58 games last season—a paltry figure by their illustrious standards—but they should have no problem eclipsing the 60-win threshold for the fourth time since the 2014-15 campaign, assuming they don’t suffer any catastrophic injuries.
Not only are the Warriors returning all of their core pieces from last season, but they also added center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal in a free-agency stunner.
Naturally, head coach Steve Kerr has already confirmed Cousins will start at center once he’s fully recovered from a ruptured Achilles that cut his 2017-18 season short. Still, it remains unclear when Cousins will make his Bay Area debut since the Warriors won’t be in a rush to get him on the floor.
“I was aiming for training camp, but I’ve communicated with the staff and the coaches, and it’s kind of up in the air,” Cousins said, per ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes. “It will be when I’m ready, 100 percent ready, and we’ll take it from there.”
In any event, the Warriors should remain the class of the Western Conference now that a three-peat is within reach.
Record Prediction: 66-16
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August 10, 2018 at 01:19PM