FOUR wins, four games.
That’s the equation standing between the Golden State Warriors and history.
The NBA leading Warriors are the reigning champions and have put together a remarkable season that has them on the cusp of surpassing Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Chicago Bulls NBA regular season wins record of 72-10.
And, at 69-9, punters at sportsbet.com.au have smashed the Warriors into $1.45 to break the Bulls record.
They are $2.37 to equal or fall short of the record, because it’s not going to be easy.
They have already secured a record for consecutive home wins, with 54 in a row, before they were rolled by the Boston Celtics, 109-106, on their home court on Saturday.
The run home features a couple of potential tough games, but they should have enough fire power to claim the record.
They have the Memphis Grizzlies twice and really, that should be two wins. The Grizz are a shell of their former selves, with two of their three best players in Marc Gasol and Mike Conley shut down for the season.
So that leaves the San Antonio Spurs, their fiercest rivals who many believe are the only team that has a chance of standing between the Dubs and the NBA Championship.
A pair of games against the Spurs could make or break the Warriors record hopes.
But how much does legendary coach Gregg Popovic care?
The Spurs have already pinned down the second seed in the west and he is notorious for resting players.
The record perhaps hinges on whether or not Pop throws out a full strength line up.
A Spurs side missing any of LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker or Tim Duncan has a greatly reduced chance of matching it with the superb Warriors.
Whatever happens, this side is going down as one of the greatest in NBA history.
Warriors odds on for NBA title
72-10 don’t mean a thing without the ring.
That was the Bulls slogan in their record breaking season and they went on to defeat the Seattle Supersonics in the 1996 NBA Finals.
The Warriors have been caught up in the chase for history, but they will still have their eyes on a greater prize.
And the punters think that they can do it, although there are a pair of challengers who they are struggling to split.
Sportsbet.com.ay has the Warriors as hot $1.72 favourites, but west challengers San Antonio ($4.50) and the Cleveland Cavaliers ($5) are vying for the second line of betting.
While you can never write off Lebron, the Cavs have had their struggles, with Kyrie Irving criticised for his patchy play and Kevin Love underutilised, it is the Spurs who may hold the key to beating the Warriors.
Oklahoma City is not without its chances at $15, but the club’s reliance on Durant and Westbrook makes things more difficult.
2016 NBA title market:
Golden State Warriors ($1.72)
San Antonio Spurs ($4.50)
Cleveland Cavaliers ($5)
Oklahoma City Thunder ($15)
Toronto Raptors ($18)
Los Angeles Clippers ($26)
Atlanta Hawks ($51)
Boston Celtics ($56)
Miami Heat ($61)
Indiana Pacers ($76)
Charlotte Hornets ($91)
Memphis Grizzlies ($101)
Houston Rockets ($126)
Detroit Pistons ($176)
Odds provided by Sportsbet.com.au
Can any one topple Curry in the NBA MVP race?
The short answer is an emphatic “NO”.
The Warriors superstar, who won last year’s MVP award, has taken his game to a whole other level this time out and is putting together one of the greatest individual regular seasons in NBA history.
He is an unbackable $1.01 with sportsbet.com.au to be named the MVP, with his nearest challenger, Oklahoma City’s versatile star Kevin Durant at $25.
One of the interesting things about the MVP race is that no one wants perennial contender Lebron James, who is a gaudy $101 to win it.
The love affair with Lebron, a four time league MVP, appears over, with many pundits claiming his time at the top is over and his game is on the down slide.
Those calls might be premature, but the punters have listened, with San Antonio Spurs defensive dynamo Kawhi Leonard sharing Durant’s $25 quote, with Durant’s team mate Russell Westbrook at $64.
But forget all those brilliant names. This season is Curry’s.
His numbers of 30.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.1 steals are brilliant in themselves.
He’s hit more three pointers this season than any other player in NBA history and is on a personal quest for 400. He needs 22 in five games. He’s going at over five per game, so you simply can’t bet against him.
And he’s about to be the first member of the 50-40-90 club to lead the league in scoring – that’s 50 per cent from the field, 40 per cent from three point range and 90 per cent from the charity stripe.
Ladies and gentleman, Meet your new NBA Most Valuable Player.
2016 NBA Most Valuable Player market:
Stephen Curry ($1.01)
Kevin Durant ($25)
Kawhi Leonard ($25)
Russell Westbrook ($64)
LeBron James ($101)
Odds provided by sportsbet.com.au
Just give KAT the NBA Rookie of the Year now
If you thought Steph Curry was short at $1.01, there’s a bloke in Minnesota who has eclipsed him, with gun Timberwolf Karl-Anthony Towns sitting at a ridiculous $1.005.
They may as well close the market on this one, with the towering star putting up rookie numbers that sit right there with the all time greats.
2016 NBA Rookie of the Year market:
Karl-Anthony Towns ($1.05)
Kristaps Porzingis ($23)
Jahlil Okafor ($23)
Devin Booker ($51)
D’Angelo Russell ($101)
Myles Turner ($101)
Emmanuel Mudiay ($201)
Justise Winslow ($201)
Nikola Jokic ($201)
Odds provided by sportsbet.com.au
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