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Heat open as favorites to win 2015 NBA championship

Jun 16, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

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The Miami Heat might lose LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Or they might keep their big three, sign Carmelo Anthony and, heck, why not Tim Duncan? Maybe trade for Chris Paul, too.

With only one player – Norris Cole – on an option-less guaranteed contract for next season, Miami has a pretty uncertain future.

But Bovada is betting the Heat will come together strong – or at least that gamblers on the site believe the Heat will come together strong.

Miami is the 2015 NBA title favorite, according to the Bovada. Here are the odds for every team:

  • Miami Heat: 7:2
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 6:1
  • San Antonio Spurs: 6:1
  • Los Angeles Clippers: 9:1
  • Chicago Bulls: 12:1
  • Indiana Pacers: 12:1
  • Houston Rockets: 16:1
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 20:1
  • Golden State Warriors: 25:1
  • Portland Trailblazers: 25:1
  • Brooklyn Nets: 28:1
  • Dallas Mavericks: 33:1
  • Memphis Grizzlies: 33:1
  • Washington Wizards: 33:1
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 40:1
  • New York Knicks: 40:1
  • Toronto Raptors: 40:1
  • Boston Celtics: 50:1
  • Denver Nuggets: 50:1
  • Detroit Pistons: 50:1
  • New Orleans Pelicans: 50:1
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: 66:1
  • Atlanta Hawks: 75:1
  • Charlotte Hornets: 75:1
  • Phoenix Suns: 75:1
  • Orlando Magic: 150:1
  • Sacramento Kings: 150:1
  • Utah Jazz: 150:1
  • Milwaukee Bucks: 200:1
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 200:1

For the record, I like the Thunder at 6:1, the Clippers at 9:1 and Suns at 75:1. I also like the Spurs at 6:1, but I’d wait until the action cools on them.

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  1. mazblast - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    My question is whether the Vegas sports books will book a lay bet against the Heat. I’d make that one.

    The only team I’d bet on at this point is San Antonio. Some of that is because I’m not much on the NBA, some because they’re the champions (how do you like THAT, David Stern?), and some because they’re not the Heat, Lakers, Celtics, or Knicks.

  2. papichulo55 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Based on playoff seeding rules, where best of the West, meets best of the East, the Heat base the best chance of returning to the Finals. And, like the saying goes, you have to be in it to win it.

    • kavika6 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Pathetic eastern conference.

  3. loungefly74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Heat the favorite for 2015? sounds right (as of 6/17/2014)…

  4. packergator - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Well that sounds kind of weird considering the aging roster, the lack of bench production, and not having a true point guard. I don’t think you can rely on D-Wade anymore for consistent production and CB fills only a few specific roles in the offense.

  5. loungefly74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    i’m glad they did not put the Pacers any higher. they may be a team respected by a lot of fans but they just dont have the meddle to beat the Heat. kinda like the Kings of the late 90’s/early 00’s against the Lakers…

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