2014 NBA Championship Futures

It was very, very close, but the Heat defeated the Spurs to win their second straight championship. If you take out that crazy play that ended with the Ray Allen three pointer we may be celebrating a very different team right now. It was a great Finals and I can’t wait for next season.

The Heat start as the favorites looking for the three-peat at 2/1. That would be a pretty amazing feat, but it’s pretty hard to go against Lebron James at this point. The bench is getting a bit older which could be worrisome, but as long as the Big Three are healthy I don’t see any reason to have anyone else as the favorite for 2014. They are just that good of a basketball team.

The Oklahoma City Thunder come in next at 11/2 which makes a lot of sense. They are still a very young team with a ton of awesome athletes. Russell Westbrook is absolutely scary to play against while Kevin Durant might just be the best non-Lebron player in the NBA. It’s easy to like these guys, but playing in the West is very hard as we witnessed this season. It’s a bloodbath out there.

A big surprise for me is the Bulls coming in next at 15/2 which I guess means they are expecting a full recovery for Derrick Rose. I truly hope that is the case, but injuries like his are always scary. They are a tough defensive team without or without him, but the offense dies the second he leaves the court. I personally need to see this one to believe it.

The Spurs come in at 17/2 which seems about right. That Finals was absolutely heartbreaking as they were just seconds away from being crowned champions and that can take a lot out of a team. They have been deep in the playoffs every year and at some point these guys are bound to wear down. Duncan and Ginobli aren’t getting any younger. The play of Kawhi Leonard was encouraging, but it’s hard to see this team back in the Finals after a loss like that.

A team I will be taking a long look at this year is the Clippers at 18/1. They have felt like they were on the verge of a breakout these past two years and seem to get slightly better each year. It’d be pretty cool to see them in the Finals as their franchise has just been a disaster for years. Then again, that’s the owners fault and as long as he’s around it’s hard to root for these guys.

Complete odds are below courtesy of Bovada. You can bet any of these online at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat 2/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 11/2
Chicago Bulls 15/2
San Antonio Spurs 17/2
Indiana Pacers 16/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
New York Knicks 18/1
Houston Rockets 20/1
Memphis Grizzlies 20/1
Los Angeles Lakers 22/1
Denver Nuggets 25/1
Golden State Warriors 25/1
Boston Celtics 33/1
Brooklyn Nets 40/1
Dallas Mavericks 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 50/1
Milwaukee Bucks 75/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 75/1
Philadelphia 76ers 100/1
Portland Trail Blazers 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 150/1
New Orleans Pelicans 150/1
Sacramento Kings 150/1
Toronto Raptors 150/1
Washington Wizards 150/1
Detroit Pistons 300/1
Phoenix Suns 300/1
Charlotte Bobcats 500/1
Orlando Magic 500/1