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The 2013-14 NBA season is coming to a close, and the playoffs are on the horizon. All of the 16 teams have been set and the seeding is plugged in as the regular season came to a close last night.
Now, the second season begins, with the winner running through four grueling seven game series that concludes in June.
It should be a wild ride.
There is no question that the Western Conference has been the stronger of the two conferences this season, but the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are in the East. But the Heat are the No.2 seed in the East, apparently not caring about home court because Lebron James and Chris Bosh sat the last two games in which Miami could have entered as the No.1 seed. Head coach Erik Spoelstra felt that a rested team was better than getting the home court. LeBron James echoed those sentiments as the teams gets ready to try and ‘three-peat’.
Will the Heat get it done though?
The betting odds say yes, but that has been the case since the beginning of the season. In fact, ever since James landed in South Beach Miami has been the favorites to win it all. The Heat have been to the NBA Finals every year that James has been in town, losing in the first season and winning the next to.
A wager on Miami to win the title is going off at 2/1 on Bovada Sportsbook’s 2014 NBA championship betting lines. This has been near the payout the Heat have been all season. The top-two seeds in the Western Conference come next. The San Antonio Spurs are in the top-spot while the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the No.2 position. As the two Western Conference winners over the last two seasons, Bovada thinks that they pose the biggest threat to Miami. The Spurs are set at 3/1, with the Thunder back at 4/1.
The most-interesting team might be the Indiana Pacers. They are the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference. But the Pacers have been a team that has struggled over the last month of the season. Indiana nearly lost out on the top seed, but getting it could be huge as they have been a great home team. While looking down the road Indiana and Miami are on a collision course, there are some rough roads ahead.
The two teams with the largest odds to win the title are the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Bobcats at 250/1, with every team in between.
Check out the complete set of odds to win, which LatestBettingOdds.com has listed below from Bovada. Additionally, check out the odds to win each conference, and payouts picking the exact matchup in the NBA Finals.
2014 NBA Finals Odds