Drake places massive bet on Warriors to win western conference
Drake has been known for making references to the Warriors’ homegrown star Steph Curry during his raps .. The rapper took his public support of Golden State a step further when he shared a ticket to his Instagram story showing he bet $200,000 on the third-seeded Warriors to win the Western Conference.
Golden State posted a 53-29 record, its best mark since 2018-19 when the team last went to the Finals. The Warriors are 350 on SI Sportsbook to win the West. They have the second-best odds behind the Suns, who are heavy favorites at -110. It appears that Drake got Golden State at 5-1 odds. His wager would have paid out $1 million.
The Warriors’ potential path to the Finals will include their first-round series against the No. 6 Nuggets, which they are favored to win. They would be facing the No. 2 Grizzlies or No. 7 Timberwolves. If Golden State makes it to the Western Conference Finals (which is likely), the No. 1 Suns would likely await.
On his story, Drake added the caption “Such a unpredictable year… and I see the future?”
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He’s not wrong about that. The Nets, the preseason title favorites, finished seventh in the East and had to win a play-in game just to earn a playoff spot while the Lakers, who also had good odds to win it all, missed the playoffs. Surprise teams like the Bulls and Timberwolves made it to the playoffs. The Grizzlies also advanced from the play-in tournament and now have the second-best record of any NBA team.
Still, Phoenix is a heavy favorite to win the West and the NBA Finals. Drake bets that the Warriors will upset the heavy favorite in the conference finals.
And the potential payout could be enormous.
Drake’s most recent publicized wagers on another one of his athlete friends, Odell Beckham Jr., hit. He put more than a million dollars on the Rams to beat the Bengals in the Super Bowl and for Beckham to hit a pair of player props. L.A. won, and Beckham scored one of the props, earning him a huge payday.
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