Updated 2014 NBA Championship Futures

With the playoffs nearing it’s time to update the 2014 NBA Championship Futures. The Miami Heat remain the favorites, but the second favorite may surprise you as the Heat may finally have a contender in the East.

The Indiana Pacers find themselves with the second best odds to win the 2014 title at 13/4 behind the Miami Heat. They’ve done this behind the outstanding play of Paul George and the devastating defense front they put up each and every night. They put a little scare into the Heat in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals and have only improved themselves this year. They’ve been great all season, but could they really beat Lebron James and the Heat? I find that hard to believe.

Which is why the Heat are still the favorite to win it all at 9/4. There have been some stumbles this season and the Pacers are outpacing them for the top seed, but they don’t seem to be worried. The Heat know how to turn it on come playoff time and I’d be surprised not to see them back in the Finals.

The Thunder are looking scarier than ever this season and this could finally be their chance to breakthrough and grab that elusive ring. At 4/1 they are a solid bet with Kevin Durant having another MVP caliber season and the young core remaining healthy. There are questions about the coaching, but this team just has so much talent it’s hard to discount them.

Of course, the Thunder would need to make it through the Spurs to get there and they don’t look likely to give it up. I thought before the season that they would be troubled by their Finals loss and being another year older, but they have looked like a team possessed thus far this season. Kawhi Leonard has become a serious contributor and this team that plays like a team seems hellbent on revenge. The playoffs are long and difficult for any team to get through, but if anyone can do it it’s this Spurs team. Popovich has them amped and ready to compete for another championship. Don’t discount them at 11/2.

The Clippers remain an interesting team at 7/1. The advanced stats show them as one of the better teams in the league and this could be the year they make a leap out of the second round. I really like what Doc Rivers has done as coach of this team and he could end up being the missing ingredient to a championship run. These guys just seem ready to make some noise this year and I can’t wait to see what they do.

Complete 2014 NBA Championship Futures are below courtesy of Bovada. You can bet any of these online at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat 9/4
Indiana Pacers 13/4
Oklahoma City Thunder 4/1
San Antonio Spurs 11/2
Los Angeles Clippers 7/1
Houston Rockets 14/1
Golden State Warriors 25/1
Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
Brooklyn Nets 50/1
Chicago Bulls 50/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
Toronto Raptors 66/1
Dallas Mavericks 75/1
Phoenix Suns 125/1
New York Knicks 150/1
Washington Wizards 150/1
Charlotte Bobcats 300/1
Atlanta Hawks 500/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 500/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 500/1
Detroit Pistons 750/1
Boston Celtics 1000/1

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