Steve Kerr Offers Betting Advice, Says He's Taking the Warriors +1.5 vs. Rockets

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2018

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr handed out some betting advice in the wake of Monday's landmark Supreme Court ruling.

"I'm taking the Warriors plus-1.5. ... Stay away from Boston tomorrow. Be careful of those Game 2s," Kerr said, per Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, referring to the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Kerr's comments come after Ariane de Vogue and Maegan Vazquez of CNN reported the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a 1992 federal law that prohibited the majority of states from legalizing gambling on sports.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided the specific law gave the federal government too much power over state policy, which opened the door for individual states to legalize gambling on sports in the future.

According to OddsShark, the consensus spread on Monday's Western Conference Finals Game 1 between the Warriors and Houston Rockets has the Rockets favored by 1.5 points.

While Kerr jokingly referenced it, his knowledge of the exact betting line was an indication the Warriors are keenly aware of their underdog status for Game 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston. They're rarely in that position, considering they reached the last three NBA Finals and won two of them, and feature the combination of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

If Golden State needed any additional motivation heading into the showdown with James Harden, Chris Paul and the Rockets, the defending champions can look to the point spread and play the disrespect card.

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