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2014 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines & Analysis

The 2013-14 NBA regular season starts on Tuesday, October 29th 2013. The Miami Heat have won the last two NBA Finals and will be looking to it make three in a row this season. However, I think there are multiple teams that could dethrone the Heat in the playoffs under the right circumstances.

Odds to Win the 2014 NBA Championship

The Miami Heat are favored in the market again this year and that’s not the least bit surprising. The Bulls, Thunder and Pacers are all paying under 10/1 to win the championship at Bovada, but I think there is still some value on the Houston Rockets at 12/1 odds who went out and signed Howard.

Bet on the 2014 NBA Championship
NBA Championship Odds
Eastern Conference Odds
Western Conference Odds
Miami Heat
+210
+120
-
Chicago Bulls
+550
+275
-
Indiana Pacers
+900
+450
-
Brooklyn Nets
+1000
+550
-
New York Knicks
+2500
+1200
-
Cleveland Caveliers
+6600
+4000
-
Detroit Pistions
+7500
+4000
-
Washington Wizards
+10000
+5000
-
Atlanta Hawks
+15000
+6600
-
Boston Celtics
+15000
+6600
-
Toronto Raptors
+15000
+6600
-
Milwaukee Bucks
+25000
+10000
-
Philadelphia 76ers
+30000
+15000
-
Charlotte Bobcats
+50000
+25000
-
Orlando Magic
+50000
+25000
-
Oklahoma City Thunder
+850
-
+350
Los Angeles Clippers
+900
-
+350
Houston Rockets
+1200
-
+400
San Antonio Spurs
+1400
-
+450
Golden State Warriors
+1600
-
+700
Memphis Grizzlies
+2800
-
+1000
Los Angeles Lakers
+4000
-
+1600
Denver Nuggets
+5000
-
+1800
Dallas Mavericks
+5000
-
+2500
Minnesota Timberwolves
+10000
-
+5000
New Orleans Pelicans
+10000
-
+5000
Portland Trailblazers
+15000
-
+6600
Utah Jazz
+15000
-
+7500
Sacremento Kings
+30000
-
+10000
Phoenix Suns
+30000
-
+15000

Can Lebron James Lead the Heat to Another Title in 2014

The Miami Heat went 66-16 last season and they ran away with the Eastern Conference. They’re going to have the same starters this year on the court. Mike Miller and Juwan Howard are off the roster. Miami went out and signed Michael Beasley and Greg Oden.

Miami didn’t need to make many additions. They already have the best big three (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade & Chris Bosh) in the league. Last season the Heat ranked 5th in points scored and points allowed. Being in the T5 in both categories is rare in the NBA.

Will Dwight Howard Help the Rockets Become Legit Contenders

The Houston Rockets finished last season with a 45-37 record and only finished 8th in the Western Conference. They were bounced from the playoffs in the opening round against the Thunder, but they went out and signed Dwight Howard during the off-season.

There is enough talent on the Rockets to compete with any team in the league if they remain healthy, but that’s only if Howard can play up to his potential. James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons will all have to perform well this season also.

Do the Bulls Have Enough Talent to Contend With Rose Back

The Chicago Bulls (45-37) finished 5th in the Eastern Conference and were knocked in the 2nd round of the playoffs against the Heat (4-1). Now that Derrick Rose is back in the line-up will the Bulls have enough firepower to compete with the Heat in the East?

Only the Pacers allowed fewer points in the East last season than the Bulls (92.9 PPG). Rose will make the offense better, but he has to remain healthy. With Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng this team is strong despite losing some talent.

Will the Nets Veteran Filled Roster Compete for an NBA Title

The Brooklyn Nets (49-33) had a great regular season, but losing to the Bulls in the 1st round of the playoffs stung. The Nets went out and signed Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and a few others. This team won’t be lacking depth this season.

They still also have Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez among other talent. For a lot of these veterans they’re running out of time to win NBA Championships and if this team is able to gel together quickly I think the Nets will have a big year in Brooklyn.

Can the Pacers Take One More Step Forward This Season

The Indiana Pacers (49-32) won the Central Division and were one win from an appearance in the NBA Finals last season. Instead of resting on what they had they added some more depth to the roster with the signings of Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland.

Danny Granger is healthy again, but he could still be traded at some point this season. Paul George is the new sheriff in Indiana and he’s the #1 target on offense. With David West, Roy Hibbert, George Hill and Lance Stephenson this team could upset the Heat.

2014 NBA Championship Prediction

The West has some very tough teams including the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, but he Rockets will have a great chance at winning the conference and making the NBA Finals. If they can make the finals anything could happen in a 7-game series.

Injuries always play a role in the futures markets during the NBA season, but if Houston gets off to a hot start you can bet that the 12/1 odds on them will drop significantly. If Asik can excel in his new role the Rockets frontcourt is going to be scary good this year.

Obviously the Heat have the best chance at winning the championship with their line-up, but they’re odds are very short and one injury to one of their big three would be tough to overcome. I also think the Pacers (9/1) and Nets (10/1) present nice value.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

Scott is one of the original degenerates working for MobileSportsBetting.com. Although he's most successful betting on NFL football and international soccer, he's also active in UFC and NHL hockey betting.


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