Heat, Thunder lead Vegas favorites to win NBA title next year

Saturday June 23rd, 2012

Vegas oddsmakers say chances are you will be seeing a repeat of this year's match-up in the NBA Finals next season, too. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBA/Getty Images)

Because the Las Vegas oddsmakers play by their own set of rules, it is not a surprise that the minute the NBA Finals were over, the bookies already submitted predictions for who will hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy next season.

The NBA Champion Miami Heat and runner-up the Oklahoma City Thunder are both 5-2 favorites to win it all. The Chicago Bulls are at 5-1, followed by the San Antonio Spurs with 7-1 odds, and the Los Angeles Lakers come in at 12-1. The Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, and Memphis Grizzlies all come in at 30-1. The Charlotte Bobcats, who set an NBA record for futility last season, as well as the New Orleans Hornets, who own the No. 1 pick in the June 28 draft, come in at 100-1.

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