NBA Odds Have Heat, Lakers Meet in FinalsPublished November 11, 2010 by OCR Editor
Will LeBron James and Kobe Bryant finally face off in season finale?
After even more than the usual dose of off-season drama, the 2010/11 NBA season is finally underway, and unsurprisingly the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are favored to face off in the NBA finals, according to the odds from both Las Vegas and other online bookmakers.
While it will take a while for star signings LeBron James and Chris Bosh and veteran Dwayne Wade to all gel together as a team, the Heat, 15/8 at online bookmaker 888, just edge out the Lakers, 9/4, for championship favoritism.
So dominant are the two that the next teams in the odds are Boston and Orlando, way back at 10/1, Chicago, 14/1, and Oklahoma City, 16/1.
As you may have noticed, that means there won't be many teams challenging the Lakers for supremacy over in the West, which has been the stronger conference for many years now. Such is the dominance of Phil Jackson's men that they are an odds-on 8/13 to win the conference championship, leading Oklahoma City, 11/1, and Dallas and San Antonio, 12/1 each.
The East's Central Division and the West's Southwest Division present the tightest battles for the six divisional titles.
In the former, Chicago, 4/7, will face a strong challenge from the Milwaukee Bucks 9/4, while in the latter a four-way battle will take place between Dallas, 13/8, San Antonio, 7/4, and Houston and New Orleans, 6/1 each.