2012-13 NBA Championship Futures

The Miami Heat are your 2012 Champions and according to Bovada they are the favorite to win the title in 2013 as well. Could this be the start of a dynasty?

The early odds are out and the Heat at 11/4 are the favorites to win it all again in 2013 and why not? The Big Three is intact, their bench performed great in the playoffs and they’re bringing just about everyone back. Lebron James is still the best player in the league and Erik Spoelstra proved himself as one of the best young coaches in the league. This could definitely be the beginning of something special in Miami and as long as everyone stays healthy this could be the next great NBA team.

Of course, the loser of the champion is right there behind them as the Oklahoma City Thunder are sitting at 5/1. They played admirably in the Finals, but it just felt like they weren’t quite there yet in the Finals. Like they weren’t quite at that championship level yet. Then again, of course they weren’t. Their core of superstars are all in their early 20s and this was their first Finals. In comparison, this was Lebron’s third Finals. In two years will they be ready? In one? If we are lucky enough to get a rematch of this Finals next year then I could definitely see the series going seven and when a series goes seven, anything can happen.

The Bulls linger at 6/1 as they remain the only true contender to the Heat in the East. They will continue to be dangerous, but they will only go as far as Derrick Rose can take them. Hopefully he can get strong over the offseason and we’ll see what happens.

The Spurs, despite being just two games away from the Finals, drop down to 10/1. Their age is always a question, but they are an extremely tough team as we saw with their 8-0 run through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Their coach is the best and their offensive system is awesome. I’ll never dismiss this team as they are always going to win 50 games and they are always going do some damage in the playoffs.

The Lakers at 10/1 are also one of those teams who always seems dangerous. Could they make a big move this offseason? It feels like they need to in order to get back into contention as Kobe wasn’t enough last year. Then again they might not even be the best team in Los Angeles with the Chris Paul led Clippers (18/1) looking to make a leap after looking good in the playoffs this season. That team is definitely one to watch this season.

Complete 2013 Championship Futures are below courtesy of Bovada. You can bet all of these online at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat 11/4
Oklahoma City Thunder 5/1
Chicago Bulls 6/1
Los Angeles Lakers 10/1
San Antonio Spurs 10/1
Dallas Mavericks 14/1
Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
Indiana Pacers 20/1
Boston Celtics 25/1
Memphis Grizzlies 25/1
Orlando Magic 30/1
New York Knicks 35/1
Philadelphia 76ers 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 50/1
Houston Rockets 50/1
Portland Trail Blazers 50/1
Utah Jazz 50/1
Phoenix Suns 75/1
Golden State Warriors 75/1
Milwaukee Bucks 75/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 75/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 100/1
Brooklyn Nets 100/1
New Orleans Hornets 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Toronto Raptors 150/1
Washington Wizards 150/1
Charlotte Bobcats 200/1
Detroit Pistons 200/1

Latest 2013 NBA Championship Futures

We’re getting closer to the playoffs and the full 2013 NBA Championship picture is starting to take shape. As always, Lebron James and the Heat are front and center in that picture.

The Miami Heat are the current favorite to repeat their championship from last year at 2/1. They’ve had relatively good health this season and they look to cruise through the East as the Bulls (20/1) have really struggled without Derrick Rose. The only real contender to them in the East this season looks to be the New York Knicks at 10/1. I just don’t see that being a threat, really. Lebron and Wade are just not losing to Carmelo. Not now, not ever. Sorry, Melo.

The West is where things get really interesting. We have the Oklahoma City as the Western Conference favorite at 15/4. They have a team with so many weapons that they are just hard to prepare for or match-up against. Kevin Durant is having an MVP level season and this just feels like we are due for a rematch of last year’s Finals. I really hope it happens because I feel like this Thunder team is a lot better than last year’s team that made the Finals.

A really interesting team is the Clippers who are really breaking out this season. Lob City is so much fun to watch, but also a really interesting team to match-up against. Chris Paul is probably the best point guard in the NBA and finds ways to get the ball into the hands of his dunk machine front court. I like them at 11/2 way more than I like the mess that is going on across town with the Lakers at 17/2. That team is just dysfunctional and I can’t see them getting things together in time for a playoff run. It’s a shame because they have so much talent, but that is just not a team that seems like they like playing with each other. You don’t have to be best friends, but this is a mess.

Hanging around, as always, is the Spurs at 17/2. They are a sneaky bet as I could see them getting out of the West. The Lakers are a mess and the Clippers are inexperienced (and they lost to the Spurs last season) which just leaves them on a collision course with the Thunder. The Thunder won that series last time out, but it was a lot closer than the 4-2 record we saw. We know they have the coaching match-up and, well, you just never know with the Spurs.

Below you will find the complete 2013 NBA Championship futures courtesy of Bovada. You can bet any of these online at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat 2/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 15/4
Los Angeles Clippers 11/2
Los Angeles Lakers 17/2
San Antonio Spurs 17/2
New York Knicks 10/1
Memphis Grizzlies 18/1
Chicago Bulls 20/1
Boston Celtics 30/1
Brooklyn Nets 35/1
Golden State Warriors 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 60/1
Denver Nuggets 60/1
Indiana Pacers 60/1
Houston Rockets 90/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1
Dallas Mavericks 125/1
Philadelphia 76ers 125/1
Milwaukee Bucks 150/1
Portland Trail Blazers 150/1
Utah Jazz 150/1
Orlando Magic 500/1
Toronto Raptors 500/1
Detroit Pistons 750/1
Phoenix Suns 1000/1
Sacramento Kings 1000/1
Charlotte Bobcats 3000/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 3000/1
New Orleans Hornets 3000/1
Washington Wizards 5000/1

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