2012 NBA Championship Futures (Updated)

We hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday. I know I enjoyed the NBA games on Christmas as I am beyond excited to have NBA basketball back in our lives. With the season starting back up, we have full NBA Championship Futures from Bovada.

The Miami Heat are still the big favorite to win it all at just 9/5. Of course they are. There were some big moves in the offseason, but no one landed a player the caliber of Lebron James and surrounded him with a team as strong as the Miami Heat. I said this after the season and I’ll say it again, the Miami Heat are going back to the Finals. They deserve their place at the top of the odds.

Making a big jump is the Oklahoma City Thunder who look to do some serious damage this season with everyone having that Western Conference experience under their belts. The Heat and Thunder could end up being the Lakers and Celtics of this generation. Only the basketball would be way more athletic and a lot less violent. Wouldn’t that be great?

The Lakers and Bulls continue to linger as well at 13/2 and 6/1 respectively. For the Lakers it’s hard for me to see because of their age and the hiring of coach Mike Brown. No offense to Brown, but introducing a new offensive system to an aging team who just won two of the last three NBA championships seems like a bad idea. As for the Bulls, they are a great young team and if anything were to happen to Lebron James I’d be all over them. Unfortunately, as long as Lebron is healthy the Bulls aren’t winning anything.

The Mavericks at 15/1 seems generous for a team who got rid of their starting center and defensive centerpiece. While the Spurs still can’t seem to get any respect at 25/1. They are always one of the top teams in the West and one of these years things will break their way. Sure, they’re old but they are also deep with a great system and arguably the best coach in the NBA. They will always find a way.

Looking for a crazy bet? How about the Chris Paul led Clippers at 16/1? That is a huge upgrade and that will be a really fun team to watch. Or the Knicks at 15/1? Is Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony enough to get it done? I don’t think so, but it would be another team that is fun to watch.

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

Miami Heat 9/5
Oklahoma City Thunder 11/2
Chicago Bulls 6/1
Los Angeles Lakers 13/2
Dallas Mavericks 15/1
New York Knicks 15/1
Los Angeles Clippers 16/1
Boston Celtics 20/1
San Antonio Spurs 25/1
Memphis Grizzlies 30/1
Orlando Magic 30/1
Portland Trail Blazers 35/1
Denver Nuggets 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 50/1
Houston Rockets 65/1
Indiana Pacers 65/1
New Jersey Nets 75/1
Golden State Warriors 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 125/1
Philadelphia 76ers 125/1
New Orleans Hornets 150/1
Phoenix Suns 150/1
Utah Jazz 150/1
Charlotte Bobcats 200/1
Detroit Pistons 200/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 200/1
Sacramento Kings 200/1
Washington Wizards 200/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 300/1
Toronto Raptors 300/1

2012 NBA Championship Futures

Despite losing the NBA FInals to the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Heat are still the favorites for next season’s NBA Championship while the Mavericks are a 10/1 longshot and fifth favorite team to win the title. It makes sense. In a lot of ways the 2011 season was a perfect set of events that allowed the Mavericks to win. They played great basketball, but they also won a lot of coin flip situations and had their fair share of luck. The Heat were just built to win and make the Finals which I think they will do again. The Mavericks? At their age and with all of the expiring contracts, they’ll need a lot of luck to get it done.

The Heat were so very close and I expect them to be right back in the thick of it next year. Lebron James somehow just keeps getting better and I could see this loss propelling him to another level next season. The Heat are a scary team and fully deserve to be the favorites heading into next season.

The Lakers come in as the second favorite at 11/2 and I’m not quite sure I understand this one. Phil Jackson is expected to retire and everyone is a year older. Sure they still have Kobe, but we’ve seen what happens to Kobe when Phil Jackson isn’t around and it’s not pretty. He may have grown and matured, but I’m taking a “I’ll believe it when I see it” approach to this one.

On the intriguing end of the spectrum, we have the Bulls at 6/1 and the Thunder at 8/1. These two young teams looked great in the playoffs, making it to their respective Conference Finals. I think one of them makes the leap to the following round next year. The Bulls, unfortunately, share a conference with the Heat so I’m going to have to go with the Thunder here. They just have so much young talent that can score at will and they should only continue to get better. The Thunder taking on the Heat would be an amazing match-up of the young talent that the NBA has to offer.

The Spurs were one basket away from beating the Mavericks last year and finished with the best record in the Western Conference, but still sit at just 20/1 this year. They beautiful game of basketball they play just can’t seem to get any respect from bookmakers. They’re old, but they are still one of the best teams in the NBA every year. Where’s the love?

Full, early NBA Championship Futures for the 2011-12 season from Bovada are below. You can bet any NBA Futures at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat 5/2
Los Angeles Lakers 11/2
Chicago Bulls 6/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
Dallas Mavericks 10/1
Boston Celtics 12/1
San Antonio Spurs 20/1
Orlando Magic 22/1
New York Knicks 28/1
Portland Trail Blazers 30/1
Denver Nuggets 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 40/1
Memphis Grizzlies 40/1
New Orleans Hornets 45/1
Houston Rockets 50/1
Utah Jazz 60/1
Philadelphia 76ers 65/1
Phoenix Suns 65/1
New Jersey Nets 65/1
Charlotte Bobcats 75/1
Indiana Pacers 75/1
Los Angeles Clippers 75/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Golden State Warriors 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Washington Wizards 100/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 100/1
Toronto Raptors 150/1

2011 NBA Playoffs Championship Odds

Phil Jackson leads the Los Angeles Lakers into the playoffs and Bovada has them as the favorite to win the championship. Despite a rough finish to the season that saw them stumble down the stretch, an injury to Andrew Bynum and finishing second in the conference standings; the Lakers are the favorite to win the NBA title at +200. There is a certain logic to that and it’s really hard to bet against Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant right now, but I wouldn’t have them as the favorite. There will probably be a lot of money coming in on the Lakers though so I can understand why sportsbooks want to hedge their bets so to speak.

That honor still belongs to the Miami Heat and their Big 3 who are at +350 to win it all. They still have the best player in the world and they finished the season on a 15-3 run. We said before the season that it would take awhile for this team to gel and it seems like they finally have. There are few teams hotter than them right now and even fewer teams that can match them in talent. This season has been all about the Miami Heat and I can’t imagine that changing heading into the playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs have been mostly left out of the championship conversations at just +450 despite having the best record in the best conference in the NBA. People are always doubting them because of their age, but winning 61 games in the NBA is no easy task and I expect them to make a deep run this year. Could they make the FInals? Very easily. If there is one team I can see knocking off the Lakers, it’s the Spurs.

The top team in the whole NBA during the regular season was the Chicago Bulls who currently sit at +250 in championship odds. I know they had a great season and that they have an absolutely stifling defense, but I have a hard time seeing a young team like this get through the Heat, Magic and Celtics. I should probably know better than to bet against Derrick Rose, but this just seems like too much too fast for this team. They aren’t quite championship level in my opinion. Not yet at least.

One line that I don’t fully understand is Dallas +2000. They had the same record in the regular season as the Lakers, a better record than the Thunder (+1200), Dirk and an amazing coach in Rick Carlisle. Being a fourth seed in the West is not a great place to be, but I’m surprised they aren’t getting a little more respect. They would have to go against the Lakers and Spurs in road series just to make the Finals so maybe this line is right on.

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

LA Lakers +200
Chicago +250
Miami +350
San Antonio +450
Boston +700
Oklahoma City +1200
Orlando +2000
Dallas +2000
Denver +3000
New York +4000
Portland +5000
Memphis +20000
New Orleans +20000
Atlanta +20000
Philadelphia +30000
Indiana +100000

2011 NBA Championship Futures 9/30/2010

The Miami Heat’s signing of Lebron James and Chris Bosh dominated all of the offseason headlines, it now looks like they will dominate the regular season as well with sportsbooks having them as the top favorite to win the NBA Championship in 2011 at +160.

And why not? The addition of Lebron James would have made any of his suitors a favorite to win the 2011 NBA Championship. To add Chris Bosh and hold on to Dwayne Wade while drastically upgrading the bench as well would instantly make you one of the best teams in the NBA. This is a super team, period. Sure, it will take them a little bit to mesh and figure out how to play together. The coach Erik Spoelstra will have his work cut out for him (and there is always Pat Riley lurking over his shoulder), but this is a team built to win championships and I expect them to be the top favorite this year and next year and the year after that and as long as they stick together. They are that good.

The next favorite is the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers at +250 who are going for the three-peat. In most years that would be the big story, but Lebron James changing teams doesn’t happen every year. The Lakers are bringing back all the major parts as Kobe looks for his third title without Shaq and sixth overall. This would also be a huge story for Phil Jackson who currently holds 11 championship rings. A fourth three-peat would be insane and I almost want it to happen just for him. Still, this is an aging team in the toughest conference in basketball so it will be a hard road for them.

The Magic and Celtics are up next at +1000 apiece. It’s hard to imagine either of these teams getting past the Miami Heat juggernaut. The Magic have been very good with Dwight Howard and that will be a great match-up to watch, but there just seems to be too much in Miami for Orlando to deal with. The same goes for Boston who are seriously getting on in age and only got older with the addition of Shaq.

My favorite line has to go to the Thunder at +1500. They are young and inexperienced, but they are so very talented. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are two of the best young players in the NBA with Serge Ibaka and James Harden right there with them. If they can figure it all out and put it together, this team could be very scary in the Western Conference.

Complete 2011 NBA Championship Futures are below. You can bet all futures at http://www.Bovada.lv

Miami Heat +160
Los Angeles Lakers +250
Orlando Magic +1000
Boston Celtics +1000
Oklahoma City Thunder +1500
Dallas Mavericks +1500
Chicago Bulls +2000
Portland Blazers +2500
San Antonio Spurs +2500
Denver Nuggets +3000
Phoenix Suns +3000
Utah Jazz +3000
Houston Rockets +3000
Atlanta Hawks +5000
Milwaukee Bucks +5000
Memphis Grizzlies +6000
Los Angeles Clippers +6000
New Orleans Hornets +7500
New York Knicks +8000
Charlotte Bobcats +10000
New Jersey Nets +10000
Detroit Pistons +10000
Philadelphia 76ers +10000
Minnesota T-Wolves +20000
Toronto Raptors +20000
Cleveland Cavaliers +20000
Golden State Warriors +20000
Indiana Pacers +20000
Sacramento Kings +20000
Washington Wizards +20000