Odds to Win 2014 NBA Championship as of 3/2/14:
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
New York Knicks
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The 2013-2014 NBA betting season is just about set to begin, and everyone is going to be chasing the Miami Heat, the 2 to 1 favorites to win it all. Miami has great value as always, but today, we’re looking at some of the other teams that have a shot to challenge for the 2013-14 NBA Championship.
Chicago Bulls +800 – The Bulls have a fully healthy G Derrick Rose back, and he finally looks like the man that was supposed to help this team last season. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau continues to have a strong team defensively to put around Rose, though it is a wonder whether the rest of the guard play on this team is really good enough. We know that C Joakim Noah and the likes have given the Heat fits in the past, and in a seven-game series, we could very easily see Rose take over and at least give the Bulls a shot at springing the upset.
San Antonio Spurs +1250 – Many think that the window of opportunity is closing on the Spurs, but we’re not all that sure. It wasn’t an accident that this team got to the NBA Finals last year, though the road did open up quite a bit when G Russell Westbrook got hurt for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Southwest Division is tougher this year with the Houston Rockets adding C Dwight Howard, but that doesn’t mean that the old guard doesn’t have another push in it. The cast of characters you’re used to seeing are all back, and there aren’t many coaches like Gregg Popovich that can keep it all together.
Golden State Warriors +2300 – The Warriors didn’t land any tremendous free agents this year as they were hoping for, but they can flat out score. G Andre Iguodala brings a defensive presence to this backcourt that Head Coach Mark Jackson has been direly searching for, and putting him with G Klay Thompson and G Stephen Curry makes this a nasty unit. The 1-6 unit that Golden State can put together is as good as any in the Western Conference, and with Curry healthy and not coming off of offseason surgery for the first time in his career, hopes are high in Oakland that this is the season that things really come together.
Cleveland Cavaliers +12000 – We’re just talking about getting some good value here with the Cavs. The team underachieved last season with just 24 wins, and as a result, it ended up with the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. Taking F Anthony Bennett with that pick was a shock in and of itself, but he might fit in just fine off the bench. This team will go as far as G Kyrie Irving takes it. Remember that so much of the Eastern Conference has just fallen apart this year, as there is no real motivation for teams like the Philadelphia 76ers or the Orlando Magic to win games. Someone is going to have to steal playoff spots, and the Cavs might have what it takes to do just that.