Oddsmaker sets Heat, Spurs as title favorites with 2014 NBA playoffs set to open
Are we headed for a sequel to one of the greatest Finals in NBA history?
The back-to-back champion Heat opened the 2013-14 season as the top title favorite and they have not been dislodged, despite winning 54 games this season, 12 fewer than last year. Their title odds remain at 2/1, exactly where they opened in the preseason, and they are 2/3 favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Miami is seeking its third straight title and its fourth overall in franchise history, and will begin its first-round series against Charlotte on Sunday.
San Antonio, meanwhile, holds 3/1 odds to win the 2014 title, which would be the franchise's first since 2007, after posting a league-best 62 wins. The Spurs, who are in pursuit of the fifth title in franchise history, are 3/2 favorites to win the Western Conference, and will open their first-round series against the Mavericks on Sunday.
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After Miami and San Antonio, Oklahoma City (4/1), Indiana (5/1) and the L.A. Clippers (9/1) round out the top five title favorites.
For comparison's sake, Miami entered the 2013 playoffs as 2/3 favorites, while San Antonio had 10/1 odds.
A full list of odds for the 16 playoff teams compared to their preseason odds is below.
Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship
Miami Heat -- Current: 2/1 | Preseason: 2/1
San Antonio Spurs -- Current: 3/1 | Preseason: 12/1
Oklahoma City Thunder -- Current: 4/1 | Preseason: 8/1
Indiana Pacers -- Current: 6/1 | Preseason: 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers -- Current: 9/1 | Preseason: 9/1
Houston Rockets -- Current: 20/1 | Preseason: 10/1
Brooklyn Nets -- Current: 25/1 | Preseason: 10/1
Golden State Warriors -- Current: 28/1 | Preseason: 16/1
Chicago Bulls -- Current: 40/1 | Preseason: 8/1
Portland Trail Blazers -- Current: 40/1 | Preseason: 150/1
Dallas Mavericks -- Current: 66/1 | Preseason: 50/1
Memphis Grizzlies -- Current: 66/1 | Preseason: 28/1
Toronto Raptors -- Current: 66/1 | Preseason: 150/1
Washington Wizards -- Current: 150/1 | Preseason: 100/1
Atlanta Hawks -- Current: 250/1 | Preseason: 150/1
Charlotte Bobcats -- Current: 250/1 | Preseason: 500/1 The 2014 NBA Playoffs will begin on Saturday.