The 2022 NBA Playoffs are just around the corner, and that means yet another opportunity for Drake to indulge in his gambling habit. Having already wagered big money on the NFL, UFC and NCAA this year, the 6 God took to his Instagram Story on Thursday (April 14) to share the sizeable bet he’s placed on the upcoming NBA postseason.
Drizzy’s betting slip — from his favorite betting app, Stake — shows he’s bet $200,000 CAD (roughly $158,000 USD) on the Golden State Warriors to win the Western Conference. If Steph Curry and co. end up being crowned Western Conference champions in June, the OVO rapper stands to win a cool $1 million CAD ($793,000 USD).
“Such a unpredictable year… can I see the future? @stake,” he captioned the screenshot along with a crystal ball emoji.
The 2022 NBA Playoffs tip off on Saturday (April 16) with a trifecta of games, starting with the Dallas Mavericks versus the Utah Jazz. After that, basketball fans can watch the Memphis Grizzlies go up against the Minnesota Timberwolves, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers taking on Drake’s hometown Toronto Raptors.
As for Drake’s predicted Western Conference champs, the No. 3 seed Golden State Warriors get their post-season underway against 6th seed Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Steph Curry and co. haven’t made it to the Western Conference Finals since 2019, when they bulldozed the Portland Trailblazers 4-0 before being bested 4-2 by the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.
But after a dismal couple of seasons that saw them miss out on the playoffs entirely following Kevin Durant’s departure to Brooklyn, the Golden State Warriors bounced back this year with a respectable 53-29 regular season record, powered by another solid campaign from Steph Curry, as well as the return of fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson and increased contributions from Most Improved Player candidate Jordan Poole.
Drake has made no secret of his love for Steph Curry and the Warriors, having referenced them numerous times in his rhymes. “I been Steph Curry with the shot/Been cookin’ with the sauce, Chef Curry with the pot, boy,” he rapped on “0 to 100,” while on “Summer Sixteen” he bragged about “Golden State running practice at my house.”
Drake will be hoping for better luck than he’s had in recent weeks. In March, the Certified Lover Boy took a $275,000 loss after Colby Covington defeated Jorge Masvidal in their UFC 272 bout. Just weeks later, he lost another $100,000 when the University of North Carolina Tar Heels beat their fierce rivals, Duke University Blue Devils, 81-77 in the NCAA National Championship game.
However, Drake saw (most of) his $1.26 million bet on the Super Bowl LVI pay off in February. Thanks to the Los Angeles Rams’ 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and Odell Beckham Jr.’s first-quarter touchdown, the 6 God pocketed $1.55 million.