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Bookmakers make Heat favorites to win 2012 NBA title

Jun 13, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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We tried to warn you the Miami Heat would be back.

The oddsmakers at Bodog Sports put out their odds for the 2012 NBA title and they are predicting a Heat vs. Lakers finals next season. (That sound you just heard was David Stern drooling at that prospect.) Here are their top 1o:

Miami Heat 5/2
Los Angeles Lakers 11/2
Chicago Bulls 6/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
Dallas Mavericks 10/1
Boston Celtics 12/1
San Antonio Spurs 20/1
Orlando Magic 22/1
New York Knicks 28/1
Portland Trailblazers 30/1

The longest odds on the board? Your Toronto Raptors at 150/1.

Understand that the role of the bookmaker is not to predict what will happen with these odds but to spread the betting out so that the house makes money — which means it’s more about predicting what the public will put money on than predicting what will actually happen. And Bodog thinks you all are going to put your money on the Heat and Lakers. That sounds about right.

  1. blueintown - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Holy s*it, you’re still talking about the Heat?

  2. aboogy123456 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    “We tried to warn you” ??

    Kurt while I agree that miami should be one of the favorites next year, what did you try to warn us and why does Las vegas prove your point?

    Also, your article mentioned that miami will be better next year but why is nobody talking about how Dallas can be back next year? Caron butler gives them another scorer and wing defender, and Roddy B is coming back and should improve a lot as well. Even if miami improves, it’s not all about them Kurt.

  3. egls7 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Vegas has nothing to do with teams improving….

  4. chargerdillon - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Guess what bookmakers had the Heat the favorite to win the 2011 Championship too, how’d that work out?

    Lakers were the second on this list and the Mavs were right around the 5 or 6 spot for winning it all.

    They can make the odds whatever they want, it certainly doesnt make the outcome inevitable as the Mavericks just showed us.

  5. lucky5934 - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Little early for betting, considering LBJ is still venting at his “Haters”. But truth is until we get the negotions done and see if the alleged “Hard Cap” will force the Heat to trade one of its three players, we can’t be certain that the Heat will or should be the # 1 favorite. In fact, I would be surprised if the Lakers make it next season to the finals either. They are a team on the downward trend. Bulls are in a good spot to drafter a couple of scorers late in the first round or make a trade. Thunder will be back as well as the “DEFENDING CHAMPS”. Again a lot depends on if the NBA even has a season.

  6. smoochie1964 - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Well of course they’ll be back next year and will be one of the favored teams to win. What a stupid statement.

    However, they will find themselves in the same boat again if they don’t learn to play as a team when it counts. They do have 3 of the more talented players in the league, but that doesn’t mean they’ll automatically win, which they thought they would. At the end of the day its a team that wins not 1,2 or 3 individuals.

    Why do people hate the Heat, its the arrogance, the stage show when the 3 joined the team, the in your face before they won a game. Maybe now they can dial down the arrogance and actually play all quarters of every game. They will need too, there are some young teams out there gaining experience and confidence.

    Not always does the team with the highest paid or “best” players win. It happens in all sports, ask the Lakers, Yankees, Red Sox, Red Wings, etc why they don’t win their titles every year, because at the end of the day you have to play the games, all quarters, innings, etc as a team, picking each other up, when one or another falls short!

  7. skip3525 - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    After an exciting post season it will be a shame to see a lockout.
    I just can’t see them having a full season.

  8. edgy - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I think that Atlanta, Orlando and Chicago are more likely to take it all from the East next year than the Heat.

    • africanballer - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      i know the whole world hates the miami heat but atlanta over miami? lol not gonna happen

  9. trbowman - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    You want to know who’ll win the 2012 finals?

    The lockout

  10. diablito0402 - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    I think they are the favorites to choke up again in 2012 finals haha watch.

  11. ernestotig - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    I’m thinking this may be the high water mark for this Miami Heat team. All their old and useless players will get older and more useless next season. All their decent rotation players working for league mimimum will get better offers and leave.

    So for 2012 (if there is a season) Miami will need to refill at least half their roster with another group of league minimum or one-more-hurrah veterans trying for some instant chemistry and playoff heroics to get to the promised land AFTER Dallas has written a road map of how to beat the Heat.

    Good luck with that.

  12. pukpokito - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Well as of now, this might be precise. First we need to see if there will be a next NBA season.If there is, there will be a lot of factors that can come in.sure,right?Like, what kind of leverage, conditions will be available for all the NBA teams have after this labor period, a trade or 2,transactions can shift balance right away. So we will see. from my point of view and what I saw this season, I think it will be the Thunder vs the Bulls. Those 2 teams will get even better as they grow up. They are more experienced now and are young good. The Heat may suffer an NBA Finals hangover and might not make it. It took Miami and Dallas 5 years to make it back. The Lakers, well despite of the dallas winning the title, the Lakers will still be the target team in the West.surprise surprise but it is true so you can’t realy be sure of that. We’ll see.

  13. proudwolf - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Hey Kurt, if you think this is “fault proof”, you can call your big 3 to start the Victory party again for their “possible” 2nd Championship crown again because your telling it like “I TOLD YOU SO”. And better replace the title of this column to “The No1 Heat Fan” so that we will be warned. Give some respect and integrity to the word Basketball.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:36 PM

      Um, at what point did I say this was fault proof? In fact, I said that bookmaking is the science of predicting where the public will put its money, not what will actually happen.

      Whatever. Go ahead and hate me. All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live…

      • muhangis - Jun 14, 2011 at 2:42 AM

        Umm…. now an additional reason you should be fired.. for plagiarism! You do prove to be the dumbest, most biased, and ridiculous “journalist” on this site. Shame

      • barkley4life - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        Lol good one Kurt….

  14. david0303 - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    they really put the team that just won the championship and was clearly the best team in basketball that far down on the list?

  15. barkley4life - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    No one thing about Vegas….from a gambling man…more often then not they are always right….

    If you know gambling….the line always tells you something….think Vegas is dumb look at the line they put out the last game….their job is to make money…they don’t think with emotion….for every “upset” they win triple fold on peoples emotions lol…

  16. cosanostra71 - Jun 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Lakers will win it next year!

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