As of today, the Warriors have the best odds of winning the 2018-19 NBA championship. Who has the second best odds?
That would be the Celtics.
Entering Thursday night's showdown with the undefeated Bucks, Boston sits at 5-2 and is in third place in the East (Toronto is 7-1 and beat the Celtics a couple weeks ago).
But according to the majority of Warriors players, the Celtics are their biggest threat. Here is what Draymond Green told Sam Amick of The Athletic just before the regular season started:
"I just think with the tools that they have, and the way the game is set up today, with small-ball and all that stuff, Al Horford can switch onto guards. That would be their five in that lineup. And then obviously, you've got Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris.
They've got a lot of guys who fit right into that style of play, with the experience of playing with Kyrie, who isn't backing down from anyone. Kyrie has been there and done that, and he's going to embody that (spirit). Kyrie is going to love that moment, to love being that guy that has been there and showing everyone else the way.
And I think that's what makes them a threat is that yeah they have all the pieces, but Kyrie has the experience and I think that's what makes them great."
I agree with Draymond, but Kawhi Leonard looks like the Kawhi Leonard of old and the Raptors are very legit. If everybody stays healthy, it would be surprising if it's not Boston vs Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Kyrie Irving is already on record saying the Celtics can beat the Warriors in a seven-game series. We can only hope that this matchup comes to fruition starting on May 30...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller