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

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

2012 NBA Championship Odds: Conference Finals

We’re down to the Final Four for the 2012 NBA Championship and Bovada has the odds for us. The big favorite right now is the San Antonio Spurs at 13/10 and for good reason. They’ve been there and they’ve done that. They (arguably) have the best coaching staff of any of the remaining teams and they are facing an inexperienced Thunder team in the Conference Finals. It’s easy to see why the bookmakers think they could make an impact and win it all. The last ride of the San Antonio Spurs is a very intriguing narrative heading into the last two rounds.

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that the Thunder are a very dangerous team with tons of scoring weapons. What they lack in experience they make up for in athleticism and they can simply play at a level that the Spurs can’t keep up with. When things are going right for the Thunder there are very few teams that can keep up with them. From a pure, fun to watch perspective I am rooting for the Thunder and Heat to make the Finals as that series just has all the elements of a modern day Celtics/Lakers type of match-up. Kevin Durant is the closest we have to a rival for Lebron James from a talent perspective and I’d love to see them face-off. Plus, Westbrook and Wade are cut from the same cloth and could have a highly competitive showdown. I really want that series.

The Heat, at 3/2, should definitely be in the Finals. No offense to the Celtics, but at 12/1 it’s clear that the bookmakers don’t have much faith in them. They are an aging team on their last legs going against a team that is hellbent on winning a championship. Unless something crazy happens I can’t see Boston coming close to even making the Finals. If they don’t, it’ll be interesting to see where the Celtics go from here. The core of players isn’t getting any younger and the Heat aren’t going anywhere so the front office of Boston will have to make a decision on where they go next. It’s hard to imagine Paul Pierce playing in a different uniform, but that might be a reality that Boston fans need to accept going forward. Stay tuned.

Personally, I see Miami as the favorite heading into the Conference Finals. The Thunder and Spurs series will be long and it will be hard while the Heat could finish this one in four or five games. The Big Three is just so locked in right now and I honestly can’t see Lebron not grabbing his first title. He’s come so close too many times and he is just so on his game right now. Especially after the way things went last year, I just can’t see the same type of collapse. This is the Heat’s year. No matter who comes out of the West though, this Finals has the potential to be an all-time great.

San Antonio Spurs 13/10
Miami Heat 3/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 17/4
Boston Celtics 12/1

NBA Championship Futures March 2012

As we get closer to the playoffs let’s take a closer look at Bovada‘s NBA Championship Futures.

The Miami Heat are still the big favorite at +145 and they seem to be on a collision course with the next favorite team out of the Western Conference, the Thunder at +450. We’ve said before that these two teams could be the modern day equivalent of the Celtics and Lakers in the 80s and I really hope that we can see a seven game series between them. This is the most exciting time to be an NBA fan as the depth of talent in the league is finally starting to pay off and the Thunder/Heat could be the culmination of that. The beginning of a whole new era, really.

The Lakers have seen their stock drop quite a bit down to +1400 and that is the effect of going from Phil Jackson to Mike Brown while your whole team gets older in a nutshell. Andrew Bynum is just a constant injury risk and he is a big part of what they do. While the Lakers are always going to be a tough team, their window may be rapidly closing as the younger teams of the NBA start to take their place.

The same could probably be said about the San Antonio Spurs, but they just don’t seem to want to go anywhere. At +1800 they are unlikely to win the championship, but they will definitely be a factor in the playoffs and the Thunder will have a hard time getting through them on their way to the Finals. While OKC has the young talent and more of it, San Antonio far out paces them when it comes to coaching and you just can’t deny the effect that has in a seven game series. I’d love to see that series happen and it would be a good gauge of where the Thunder are at in terms of championship contention.

Right in the thick of things is the Chicago Bulls at +450, the non-Thunder/non-Heat favorite to win the championship. This team is just tough on defense and they are not afraid of anyone. While the Heat have the Big 3, the Bulls make up with that in depth and straight up bullying. This is an all-time great defensive team and that can take you really far in the playoffs. Will it be enough to beat the Heat? It could be, but I’d feel a lot better about taking Chicago if something happened to one of the big three. If they’re all healthy, they remain the favorite.

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

Miami Heat +145
Oklahoma City Thunder +450
Chicago Bulls +450
Los Angeles Lakers +1400
San Antonio Spurs +1800
Los Angeles Clippers +1800
Dallas Mavericks +2000
New York Knicks +2500
Orlando Magic +4000
Philadelphia 76ers +5000
Boston Celtics +5000
Memphis Grizzlies +6000
Indiana Pacers +6600
Denver Nuggets +6600
Atlanta Hawks +8000
Portland Trailblazers +8000
Houston Rockets +12500
Utah Jazz +25000
Minnesota Timberwolves +25000
Milwaukee Bucks +40000
Phoenix Suns +40000
Golden State Warriors +50000
Cleveland Cavaliers +75000
New Jersey Nets +75000
Sacramento Kings +100000
Detroit Pistons +100000
Toronto Raptors +150000
Washington Wizards +250000