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We took it one step further and asked an NBA oddsmaker to set some early potential odds on these marquee games. Here’s what we got:
October 25 – Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs (+3)
“This one should probably be closer to +1 or a pick, but with the Warriors’ public perception sky high and it being opening night, we’ll shade toward Golden State,” says Scott Cooley of Bookmaker.eu.
November 4 – Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (-2)
“The Bulls will be the better team but the Knicks are a big public team,” says Cooley.
November 10 – Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls (-9)
“Really… this was a highlight! I know you’re a big D-Wade fan but come on.”
December 25 – Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors (-6)
“Revenge factor will be in full effect on Christmas Day. Plenty of boozed-up bettors looking to back the Dubs.”
February 11 – Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors (-11)
“Sure, Russell Westbrook will be fired up for this one, but it’s doubtful KD takes the reunion lightly.”