The excitement generated by the as-of-yet undefeated Golden State Warriors extends far off the court, as sports fans around the country are placing bets on the team that is now the odds-on favorite to win the title according to at least one major sports book.
The team, which currently has 23 wins and zero losses, has blown past predictions made earlier in the year, reports the Chronicle. The paper spoke with Nick Bogdanovich of William Hill U.S. Race & Sports Book, who shared in fans' excitement.
“This is an amazing story," said Bogdanovich. “The NBA season is a marathon, not a sprint. But you gotta give these guys kudos; they’re playing like it’s a sprint,” Bogdanovich continued. “Over and over, they just win, win, win.”
As betting on sports is illegal in California, casinos just across the state line are reaping the benefit from Warriors fever.
Capitalizing on fan excitement, casinos are offering all kinds of Warriors-related bets. For example, you can bet on if the Warriors will lose fewer games than the San Francisco 49ers (which, as the Chronicle points out, is a particularly stinging insult to the Niners as the Warriors play 82 times to the Niners' 16).
There's still a lot of the NBA season left, and we know deep down that many things could still go wrong. But! We're not going to think about that. Instead, let's all just watch this video of Stephen Curry melting the court, NBA Jam style.