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Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:16 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver.

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The Miami Heat's redemption question will commence with the highest possible expectations.

Bodog.com lists the Heat as the odds-on favorite to win the Eastern Conference and considers the Heat the top bet to win the 2012 NBA Finals.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and company are the favorite to win the 2012 Finals at 9/4 with the over/under on their regular season win totals set at 48.5 during the 66-game season. They are 1/1 odds to win the Eastern Conference.

After Miami, the rest of the top-5 title contenders include: the Los Angeles Lakers (5/1), Chicago Bulls (7/1), Oklahoma City Thunder (15/2) and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks (17/2). After that group, the next tier includes the Boston Celtics check in at 12/1, the New York Knicks at 20/1, the Orlando Magic at 22/1, both the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs at 25/1 and the Portland Trail Blazers are at 30/1.

The teams with the worst odds are the Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards, all listed at 150/1. The Toronto Raptors are dead last, listed at 200/1.

The defending Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls are listed as 5/2 odds to repeat in 2011-2012. The defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs are listed as 10/1 odds to repeat.

With last year's Finals appearance, another year to gel and a Mid-Level Exception with which to add a serviceable center, it makes sense that Miami, who blew fairly easily through the Eastern Conference playoffs, is listed as the best bet. The Lakers and Bulls are both right about where you would expect them, with the Celtics taking a hit due to questions about their hole in the middle and overall depth and age concerns.

The Mavericks drop a bit because of questions circling how many of their important free agents -- Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson -- will return.  The Thunder, who appeared in the Western Conference Finals and bring their entire rotation back intact, might be the best value on the board, given their combination of superstar talent (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook), valuable role players (Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, Serge Ibaka) and an excellent tertiary scorer in James Harden.
Comments

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Jetsfan10 is calling the Mave a "borefest?"  Man, you must be in hell rooting for the NYJets?  The underachieving Jets should not be in the same sentence with the giant killer Mavs--see Lakers, Thunder, Heat...



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Seriously................Who cares.  The NBA has the legitimacy of WWF.  Plus its sucks donkey balls.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

The Miami Heat are the odds on favorite to win the title before a single game has been played...
yes, and your point? every year they have an odds on favorite to win in every sport... are u new to sports? cmon man. dumb post



Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

What are the odds that they don't. I like those odds better.




Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Not a chance and for one simple reason, KARMA plus Lebron is not a winner



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Miami Heat REPEAT!

Here come the Heat fans to declare their Heat the champions of the season before a game has even been played. Perhaps they can place their trophy for this next to the one they have from last year for being the before-the-season-has-even-started champions. Do they hand out before-the-seaon-has-even-started championship rings, also?



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

So the writer is writing about basketball and doesn't know the difference between a Conference Champion and a Conference #1 Seed?



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

The vast majority of Americans are the odd-on favorite not to care.




Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Good...I love cheering against the favorite!  Go THUNDER!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals


....Not if LeBron has to show up in the 4th quarter to win it.


...Or, if they run into a similarly talented team that actually has a coach instead of just a caddie.   


....Or, if the Lakers add Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. 




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