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Heat, Thunder favored by oddsmakers to return to the Finals

Jun 22, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One Getty Images

The season hasn’t even been over for 24 hours yet, but you can already get some action down on who will win the 2013 NBA title. And not surprisingly, at this ridiculously early stage, the Heat and the Thunder are equal 5-2 favorites to win the championship next season.

The Bulls are next in line at 5-1, followed by the Spurs at 7-1, Lakers at 12-1, and Mavericks at 15-1. After that, we start to get into some pretty far-fetched territory, with the Celtics and Pacers at 20-1, and the Nuggets, Clippers, Magic, and Grizzlies all at 30-1.

Even further from the title in Vegas’ eyes are the Knicks, Sixers, and Hawks at 60-1. Everyone else stands at 100-1, which likely isn’t tempting enough to put even a dollar down on teams like the Kings or the Hornets.

If you’re psychotic and like throwing money in the trash, then betting the outcome of the NBA season a year in advance without knowing what teams’ rosters will ultimately look like after trades and free agency is definitely the way to go. But if you’re determined to get something down — or even make a choice for, you know, entertainment purposes only — there are a few interesting ones to look at.

The Lakers at 12-1 isn’t bad from a value standpoint, considering they are a virtual lock to get to at least the second round of the playoffs even if they do absolutely nothing to improve the talent on their roster. The Mavericks are an even better value, but only if you believe the buzz that Deron Williams will end up there in free agency.

Beyond that, only the Clippers seem like a team on the fringe that could make that type of run. But again, with so many variables in play, not to mention the injury factor, it’s virtually impossible to make a compelling case for anyone at this point.

Except maybe the two teams we just saw play in the Finals, which is why it’s no surprise they’re the favorites to make it back next season.

  1. rajbais - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Brett, you are right it is ridiculously early!!!

    Las Vegas is so stupid they make these kind of predictions when free agency, the draft, and trades haven’t commenced!!!

    If people in Las Vegas are that bored they should just go see Cirque du Soleil!!!!

    • addictedzone - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      You have a lot to learn about bookmaking. Vegas isn’t making predictions. Vegas is making money.

      • rajbais - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        Well, they’ll make money because casino attendees are delusional enough.

        Casino attendees are called gamblers for a reason, they don’t always act smart or use their heads when it comes to their money.

  2. KIR - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Hey Dan, You’ve already had two lottery picks. How many more lottery picks will you need to replace Lebron?

    Dan Gilbert, you demonized and tried to ruin a 25 year old kid who gave you all he had for seven GREAT years after making a simple mistake on his decision to leave. For that I hope Cleveland doesn’t get to the playoffs until you sell the team. You don’t deserve a winning team. Dan, Lebron wasn’t the problem and the reason your team didn’t win a championship. If you want to find the problem, start with the guy in the mirror.

    • addictedzone - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      How many times have you cut and pasted this drivel in the last day? Give it a rest.

      • KIR - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Where were you guys the last two years while Lebron was demonized? Now, after a few hours it’s too much. #Hippocrates

    • caseybojangles - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      dude…seriously…the message isn’t more effective after the 50th time you post it. each time you post it, you get closer and closer to the DBaggery that is Dan Gilbert.

    • KIR - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:10 PM


    • finalword33 - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      If leaving Cleveland was the start of maturation for Lebron, then it Dan should try it too.

  3. loungefly74 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Vegas had it the Heat/Thunder in the Finals before the season began last season…

    yeah, it’s early. trades/draft can dramatically shift the odds…

    • loungefly74 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Here are the odds for each team to win the NBA Championship in 2012 as of June 14, 2011:

      1.) Miami Heat (5/2)

      2.) Los Angeles Lakers (11/2)

      3.) Chicago Bulls (6/1)

      4.) Oklahoma City Thunder (8/1)

      5.) Dallas Mavericks (10/1)

      6.) Boston Celtics (12/1)

      7.) San Antonio Spurs (20/1)

      • loungefly74 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Vegas was right….

  4. fanz928 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Too bad this thunder core will have to be broken soon noone wants to take a paycut especially when you’re 23

    • loungefly74 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      I do believe as well the core will be broken up sooner than later. I think as long they got Westbrook n’ Durant, they will have a solid shot but its an never ending process of keeping the role players/ 2nd tier guys around.

      yeah, I’m sure when a team like the Bucks or Raptors offer Harden a near max deal, he will easily walk away from his “6th man” role…

  5. africanballer - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    thing about this league is nothing is guaranteed. i don’t think the thunder will make it to the finals next season

  6. cambodianbreastmilk - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    @rajbais: You obviously have no idea how a Sportbook works. Their job is to attract bettor’s and bring in money at all times. By putting out “Futures” odds, they are bringing in early money based on their odds abd predictions. Since I live in Vegas, and spend every free minute I have in the book like the degenerative bastard I am, I can tell you right now the Lakers odds are only going to get better due to the large fan base we get from LA, so @12-1, that’s a great value for them considering they haven’t opened at better then 6-1 for the last 10yrs. For you to call them “stupid” is naive and ignorant. You might wanna look up some stats, scores, and preseason predictions before, you open your mouth again. Then again, we love guys like you that think they know everything. It helps pay our bills. =)

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