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4 Vegas Sportsbooks Says These Warriors Would Beat The ’96 Chicago Bulls (VIDEO)
Two games into the NBA Finals and we’ve gotten two blowouts, so now it’s time for hypothetical match-ups to creep in.
A few Las Vegas oddsmakers were asked by ESPN to handicap a hypothetical matchup between today’s Golden State Warriors and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and the results are surprising.
Four of the five had the Warriors favored, from as high as -8 at the MGM (per Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts) to as low as -3 at the Wynn (per Johnny Avello, sportsbook manager at the Wynn).
Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman set the line at Golden State -6.5 and a series price of Chicago +300 and Golden State -360.
“It’s a different era now, and today’s game is played at a pace unlike in the 1990s,” Sherman told ESPN. “Players are bigger, faster and stronger than back then.”
Aaron Kessler from the Golden Nugget also favored the Warriors, at -4.5.
Matthew Holt, COO at CG Analytics, said it would be a matter of contrasting styles and rules as well.
“The biggest factor is what rules is game being played under,” Holt told ESPN in an email. “Being able to hand check would make the Bulls favorite and their roster was built for that. In the no-hand check era the Warriors’ current roster is much better suited and would have some serious speed and shooter advantages at several key positions.”