Posted June 25, 2013

Three-peat? Heat already named favorites to win 2014 NBA title

Miami Heat, Rob Mahoney
(John W. McDonough/SI)

LeBron James (left) and Dwyane Wade have captured two titles together in Miami. (John W. McDonough/SI)

The Heat ended Thursday night as champions and enter Friday morning as favorites. According to the betting service Bovada, Miami has already claimed the top odds for the 2014 title, while the Western Conference champion Spurs wind up in the fourth slot behind the Heat, Thunder and Bulls.

The odds appear to account for several offseason probabilities. Houston has rather favorable odds for a rising eighth seed, in part due to their potential to land Dwight Howard in free agency; Memphis, despite making the Western Conference finals, sees its stock drop with the Thunder’s improving health and the Clippers’ potential acquisitions; the likelihood of losing either Carl Landry or Jarrett Jack has pulled Golden State down to even odds with Denver; Chicago has better odds than the Pacers, despite the fact that Derrick Rose hasn’t played an NBA game since last April. There are plenty of curiosities, which you can sift through yourself with Bovada’s odds for the entire league:

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship

Miami Heat                                2/1
Oklahoma City Thunder              11/2
Chicago Bulls                            15/2
San Antonio Spurs                    17/2
Indiana Pacers                          16/1
Los Angeles Clippers                18/1
New York Knicks                       18/1
Houston Rockets                      20/1
Memphis Grizzlies                     20/1
Los Angeles Lakers                   22/1
Denver Nuggets                        25/1
Golden State Warriors               25/1
Boston Celtics                          33/1
Dallas Mavericks                       40/1
Brooklyn Nets                           40/1
Atlanta Hawks                           50/1
Milwaukee Bucks                       75/1
Minnesota Timberwolves            75/1
Philadelphia 76ers                     100/1
Portland Trailblazers                  100/1
Utah Jazz                                  100/1
Cleveland Cavaliers                   150/1
New Orleans Pelicans                150/1
Sacramento Kings                     150/1
Toronto Raptors                        150/1
Washington Wizards                  150/1
Detroit Pistons                          300/1
Phoenix Suns                            300/1
Charlotte Bobcats                     500/1
Orlando Magic                          500/1

17 comments
joel2014
joel2014

CP3 will join D12 with Phil Jackson to LA Lakers to challenge the Miami Heat! It is the best team who can challenge the heat. They dont care about paying luxury tax but rather they are more concren about building a good team with more talent outside shooting that can beat the heat!!!

jojustinoxford
jojustinoxford

It will be the Heat against the Portland Trailblazers, bank it!

hzrd
hzrd

This is the dumbest article I've ever seen. The guys who won this year ------ a couple of days ago ------- are the favorites to win next year? YOU DONT SAY.

KidHorn
KidHorn

I think the best bet is to take the 2/1 odds against the Heat. I agree they have the best shot of all the teams but their chances are less than 50%. I'll take the field over them.

John4
John4

Phoenix is 300/1 to win the Championship in 2014?  Well, it might be a bit risky, but I think I'll put down a few thousand on them to win the Championship in 2014.  Or not!

6marK6
6marK6

Too early to set odds and this Heat team is hardly a dynasty. However, a healthy Thunder team will be menacing to all.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

The NBA season is over can we now quit hearing about LaBaby and the Heat.......already

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@6marK6 Three straight Eastern conference championships and two straight NBA championships makes a team a dynasty, dude, especially by modern standards.

That being said, 2/1 for the Heat is just silly.  Their roster is super old.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@RobertJacke The season is over, but the off season is just beginning so there will be certainly be opportunities for you to write more posts about Lebron and the Heat just to show how much you dislike them.

John4
John4

@leehwgoc Old, yes, but their best player is 28.  He has at least 2-3 seasons, maybe more, left of playing at the highest level.  There are a few "ifs", as there always are, but if Wade can take better care of his knees, if Bosh can defend centers well, if the Pacers take a step back (through FA losses, which is possible), if the Heat can sign a veteran or two within their salary structure (admittedly, this will be difficult), then the Heat has/have (collective singular?) a fair chance of "not one, not two, not ...".  I would say the their biggest challenges next season will come from the Pacers, Bulls, Grizzlies, Thunder and Spurs.  (No surprise there, but which is those teams will improve during the offseason?  If one of those teams improves, will it be enough to be better than the Heat)?  

John4
John4

@joel2014 I don't think the Lakers, even with Chris Paul could make the NBA finals.  Kobe, not getting any younger, Dwight, not the offensive force they had hoped for, Kobe, injury and rehab and age and mileage on his body, World Peace a distraction, Nash old and playing like an old man, Gasol had his best years 3-5 years ago, and is no longer a difference maker.  I just don't see the Lakers doing anything in the playoffs for a few seasons.  (The Lakers don't "rebuild", it's a process which takes them less time, but I think Kobe has nobody to go to as a secondary reliable offensive threat, and Kobe will need to start to really cut his minutes.  With Kobe on the bench, the Lakers are not even a top 10 team in the NBA.  We'll see, and I respect your opinion, but I do not see the Lakers getting back to the finals until AFTER Kobe is retired.  

joel2014
joel2014

@John4 @leehwgocCP3 will join D12 with Phil Jackson to LA Lakers to challenge the Miami Heat! It is the best team who can challenge the heat. They dont care about paying luxury tax but rather they are more concren about building a good team with more talent outside shooting that can beat the heat!!!

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

You might have to repeat that. Too many people calling him 'all time great' and 'champion' in his ear for him to hear your sad squeak. Come back in 2010 when ypur comments will make sense again.