As Playoffs Begin, Miami Top NBA Title OddsPublished April 24, 2013 by OCR Editor
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are championship favorites, but can they be challenged?
The NBA 2012-13 playoffs are underway. Unsurprisingly, the Miami Heat are the hot favorites with online sportsbooks to defend their championship, but as punters know the title is never a foregone conclusion.
NBA playoffs preview
Basketball fans have been waiting impatiently for the playoffs to come around, especially seeing as 15 of the 16 postseason participants basically sealed their spots more than a month ago. The only real battle of relevance was whether the Los Angeles Lakers or the Utah Jazz would claim the final spot in the West (LA did).
For the addicts who spend the whole season glued to the box, most of the entertainment came out of Miami, where LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and co. overcame a slow start to the season to lead the league with a 66-16 record, which included a 27-game winning streak - the second-longest in history.
Title betting odds
With one or two games down in each series, bet365 Sports' title odds look like this: Miami Heat, 5/7, Oklahoma City Thunder, 7/2, San Antonio Spurs, 13/2, New York Knicks, 14/1, LA Clippers, 16/1, Denver Nuggets, 20/1, Indiana Pacers, 22/1 Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets, 40/1, Chicago Bulls, 50/1, LA Lakers, 66/1, Boston Celtics, 100/1, Golden State Warriors, 150/1, Houston Rockets, 175/1, Atlanta Hawks, 200/1, Milwaukee Bucks, 500/1.
Bet365 has the full range of betting options on each playoff series and game. Find game lines, half lines, point spreads, winning margins and more on Knicks vs Celtics, Spurs vs Lakers, Heat vs Bucks, Nets vs Bulls, and more.