2013 NBA Championship Futures

The offseason is done and finally real basketball is back in our lives. The Miami Heat were finally able to breakthrough and win the championship last season and are currently the favorites to win it all again next year.

As well they should be. The Big Three is intact and focused. When they put this thing together these guys didn’t have their eyes set on a single championship, they were thinking about multiple championships and last year could just be the beginning. At 9/4 they are the favorite to win it all this year.

The biggest jump has to be the Lakers to 5/2 thanks to offseason acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. It’s hard to tell how all these pieces will fit around Kobe Bryant as both him and Nash need the ball, but talent generally tends to win out. We know with the Lakers that if Mike Brown can’t figure it out that Phil Jackson is only a phone call away. If anyone could make this work, it’s Phil. This will be one of the most fun teams to watch this year, but I am not quite ready to call them a championship favorite until we see what they do in the regular season.

Last year’s runner-up, Oklahoma City is in there at 5/1 and it will be interesting to see how they react to losing the Finals. This is a young team and if they come back hungry they could be dangerous. I’ve said before that I’d love for the Heat and Thunder to become a modern day Celtics and Lakers rivalry so them making a run would be good for that potential storyline.

The Bulls are in here generously at 12/1. I wonder how much of that is them being such a public team and how much is a true odds of winning the championship. They are definitely a good bet in a world without Lebron James, but unfortunately we don’t live in that world. If anything were to happen to him though? Well, I’d have to take a long look at the Bulls. They are the class of the East behind Miami.

The Spurs at 18/1 just seem to keep hanging around. When will it be enough for this team? They seem to win 50 games a year no matter how old Tim Duncan and his supporting cast gets. How long can this go on? As long as Tim Duncan is healthy this team always remains a threat. Popovich is such a great coach and they play such beautiful basketball that this might go on another ten years.

Complete 2014 championship futures are below courtesy of Bovada. You can bet any of these futures at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat 9/4
Los Angeles Lakers 5/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 5/1
Chicago Bulls 12/1
San Antonio Spurs 18/1
Boston Celtics 22/1
Los Angeles Clippers 22/1
Dallas Mavericks 30/1
Indiana Pacers 30/1
Memphis Grizzlies 35/1
New York Knicks 35/1
Brooklyn Nets 40/1
Philadelphia 76ers 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 65/1
Denver Nuggets 65/1
Houston Rockets 75/1
Orlando Magic 75/1
Golden State Warriors 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Portland Trail Blazers 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 125/1
New Orleans Hornets 150/1
Charlotte Bobcats 200/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 200/1
Detroit Pistons 200/1
Sacramento Kings 200/1
Toronto Raptors 200/1
Washington Wizards 200/1