Early NBA Title Odds for the 2014-2015 Season

The San Antonio Spurs wrapped up the 2013-2014 NBA season on Sunday by winning their fifth championship in fifteen years.  The Spurs methodically dismantled the Heat defense with a dazzling offensive performance that will go down as one of the best in NBA Finals history.

 

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The San Antonio Spurs wrapped up the 2013-2014 NBA season on Sunday by winning their fifth championship in fifteen years.  The Spurs methodically dismantled the Heat defense with a dazzling offensive performance that will go down as one of the best in NBA Finals history.

With the season now over, the Spurs, Heat and every other NBA team faces its own questions and will experience some roster turnover going into next season.  The Spurs will anxiously await future hall of famer Tim Duncan’s decision over whether he’ll retire or return next season.

The Heat meanwhile, will have their own pressing issues, namely securing their Big 3, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. All three players can opt out of their current contracts and become free agents this summer.

Given all the uncertainty surrounding free agency, the trade market and the NBA Draft, perceptions surrounding next year’s title favorites are bound to change repeatedly. But it’s never too early to look at next year’s odds.

As things currently stand, the Miami Heat are the early favorites at 7/2 odds. The Spurs are next at 5/1, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder at 6/1 and the Los Angeles Clippers at 9/1.

One team to watch out for will be the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls will be getting All-Star point guard Derrick Rose back from injury next season and will also possibly have the requisite salary cap space to pursue a big-time free agent. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will likely to be their prime target. The Bulls’ current odds sit at 12/1, tied for fifth, along with the Indiana Pacers.

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks also figure to have plenty of cap space. Both will also likely pursue Carmelo Anthony. The Rockets’ title odds are at 16/1, with the Mavericks at 33/1.

Here’s a full list of the current odds for 2014-2015 season:

Miami Heat – 7/2

San Antonio Spurs – 5/1

Oklahoma City Thunder – 6/1

Los Angeles Clippers – 9/1

Chicago Bulls – 12/1

Indiana Pacers – 12/1

Houston Rockets – 16/1

Cleveland Cavaliers – 20/1

Golden State Warriors – 25/1

Portland Trailblazers – 25/1

Brooklyn Nets – 28/1

Dallas Mavericks – 33/1

Memphis Grizzlies – 33/1

Washington Wizards – 33/1

Los Angeles Lakers – 40/1

New York Knicks – 40/1

Toronto Raptors – 40/1

Boston Celtics – 50/1

Denver Nuggets – 50/1

Detroit Pistons – 50/1

New Orleans Pelicans – 50/1

Minnesota Timberwolves – 65/1

Atlanta Hawks – 75/1

Charlotte Hornets – 75/1

Phoenix Suns – 75/1

Orlando Magic – 150/1

Sacramento Kings – 150/1

Utah Jazz – 150/1

Milwaukee Bucks – 200/1

Philadelphia 76ers – 200/1