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The San Antonio Spurs dismantled the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in five games to capture their fifth championship in the last 16 years. Perhaps more important to this team though, is the fact that the Spurs exacted revenge on a team they thought they had beat a season ago in the NBA Finals.
This time, they didn’t fail.
In fact, it was one of the more dominating performances we’ve seen in the NBA Finals in recent memory. San Antonio won each of the last three games by at least 15 points, including taking both of the games played at Miami.
With the NBA season in the books, the calendar now looks ahead to next year. Questions already began flying around the media room minutes after Miami lost. LeBron James is the center of attention, having the opportunity to opt out of his contract. Of course, James refused to answer any questions related to the topic.
Oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook are going on the notion that James will be staying in South Beach for at least one more season. Miami is installed as the favorite to win according to 2015 NBA Championship betting lines. The Heat have been the favorites on NBA Futures every season since James arrived. Bovada has set Miami at 7/2 to win a third championship in four years. The Heat have made it to four-straight NBA Finals, winning two. With James, Miami is a virtual shoo-in to the conference finals, but they are getting older. In fact, statistically, the Heat is an older team than the Spurs.
As for San Antonio, the Spurs will go into the season as the defending champions. Like Miami, San Antonio is getting up in age as well, with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker having to make decisions on their future. The Spurs are set at 6/1 alongside their Western conference Finals opponent in the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are a young athletic team built to make a championship run, but ran into some bad luck with injuries on the inside that prevented them from advancing to the conference finals this season.
Continuing the Western Conference supremacy are the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite the off-the-court issues with the selling of the organization, on the court the Clippers are expected to excel. The jump in the payout goes up to 9/1 for the ‘other team that plays in the Staples Center.’
The next set of teams hail from the East, including Chicago and Indiana. Clearly, the Eastern Conference is perceived to be the weaker of the two, despite having the Heat.
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com have the full set of betting lines to win it all. These futures will be up all throughout the offseason, but this is the first opportunity to lay down a wager.