Posted April 19, 2013

Oddsmaker sets Heat as overwhelming favorite to win 2013 title

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder
LeBron James and the Heat are heavy favorites to win the 2013 Finals. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

LeBron James and the Heat are heavy favorites to win the 2013 Finals. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

After posting an NBA-best 66 wins and running off a 27-game winning streak, the Heat have solidified their position as the overwhelming favorite to win the 2013 title, according to one oddsmaking service.

After opening the preseason as 11-5 favorites to defend their 2012 title, LeBron James and company are now listed at 2-3 by Bovada.LV. The Western Conference champion Thunder, who opened at 9-2, have improved to 17-4 after winning 60 games. The Spurs (10-1), Knicks (16-1), Nuggets (25-1), Pacers (25-1) and Clippers (25-1) round out the current favorites.

The Lakers, who opened the preseason at 5-2, have dropped to 40-1 after squeezing into the postseason on the last night of the regular season with a record of 45-37 and losing Kobe Bryant to a season-ending Achilles injury.

Miami will begin its title defense in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series with Milwaukee that begins on Sunday. The Bucks happen to be the longest shot among the current playoff teams to win the title, listed at 500-1.

A full list of odds for the 16 playoff teams compared to their preseason odds is below.

Miami Heat — Current: 2-3 … Preseason: 11-5
Oklahoma City Thunder — Current: 17/4 …  Preseason: 9-2
San Antonio Spurs — Current: 10/1 … Preseason: 18-1
New York Knicks —  Current: 16/1 … Preseason: 35-1
Denver Nuggets — Current: 25/1 … Preseason: 66-1
Indiana Pacers —  Current: 25/1 … Preseason: 35-1
Los Angeles Clippers —  Current: 25-1 … Preseason: 25-1
Los Angeles Lakers — Current: 40-1 … Preseason:   5-2
Memphis Grizzlies — Current: 40-1 … Preseason: 35-1
Chicago Bulls —  Current: 60-1 … Preseason: 14-1
Brooklyn Nets —  Current: 60-1 … Preseason: 30-1
Boston Celtics —  Current: 66-1 … Preseason:  18-1
Golden State Warriors — Current:100-1 … Preseason: 125-1
Houston Rockets — Current: 100-1 … Preseason: 75-1
Atlanta Hawks — Current: 150-1 … Preseason: 75-1
Milwaukee Bucks —  Current: 500-1 … Preseason: 125-1

4 comments
FuzzyManPeach
FuzzyManPeach

Knicks have better odds than the Nuggets?


What East Coast bias?