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Pacers plummet, Spurs rise in latest Bovada odds for NBA title

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

The Spurs are behind only the Heat in the odds for the NBA title.  (USATSI)
The Spurs are behind only the Heat in the odds for the NBA title. (USATSI)

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Online Sportsbook Bovada has liked the Heat to win the title all year. They've remained the favorites through Indiana's early-season surge, through Oklahoma City's emergence, through the Heat's coasting. And even with the Spurs on an 18-game winning streak, Bovada is sticking with them. Here are the latest odds for the NBA title (only those 50-to-1 or better shown):

TeamOdds on 3/14Odds on 4/2
Miami Heat11 to 59 to 4
San Antonio Spurs11 to 17 to 2
Indiana Pacers5 to 29 to 2
Okahoma City Thunder15 to 49 to 2
Los Angeles Clippers12 to 18 to 1
Houston Rockets16 to 118 to 1
Golden State Warriors20 to 120 to 1
Brooklyn Nets66 to 133 to 1
Portland Trail Blazers20 to 140 to 1
Chicago Bulls50 to 150 to 1

The big move obviously is the Pacers plummeting, going from near-favorites to "just another team" down there with the Thunder and Clippers. It is interesting that the Spurs are favored over the Thunder, as so many consider OKC to have matchup advantages over San Antonio, but then, San Antonio had a better showing against the Heat in the Finals.

Meanwhile, the Nets have cut their deficit in half, again, and the Blazers have doubled it, while Chicago remains stable. The end result though, is what so many of us predicted pre-season, that Miami will once again hoist the trophy. The playoffs start in 17 days.

 
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