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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.


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

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:50 pm

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

It would only be appropriate for LeBron to win the title this year since there are only 66 games. We all know he doesn't like to show up for the 4th quarter, so this is the perfect schedule for him.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:48 pm

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

1. Dallas isn't repeating, thank god. If that borefest wins the NBA title again, I will have to say goodbye for good probably.

2. And weren't the Heat odds-on favorites last year? And then they lost to those same Dallas Mavericks. LeBron is going to continue to no-show, so don't know why you expect any more.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:43 pm

cHeat SUCK!

Mavs will repeat!  <br /><br />Let's Go Mavs!!<br />

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:32 pm


The Miami Heat are the odds on favorite to win the title before a single game has been played...



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:59 pm

Miami Heat are odds-on favorite to win NBA Finals

Lets go Heat NBA champs 2011-2012 got a year under their belt even thought they didnt win it but this is there year watch out.

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