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2012 NBA Championship Odds: Miami Heat Favored

2012 NBA Championship Odds: Miami Heat Favored

Not even twenty-four hours ago the Dallas Mavericks downed Lebron James and the Miami Heat to win the NBA Title 105-95 behind twenty-seven points from Jason Terry. With the champagne probably still flowing, oddsmakers already have posted the 2012 NBA Championship Odds with the Miami Heat being the favorite at 2-1 ($100 wager would win you $200). Despite the Mavericks being the reigning champions they are listed not only behind the Miami Heat (2-1), but also sit behind or on par with the Chicago Bulls (6-1), Los Angeles Lakers (7-1) and Oklahoma City Thunder (7-1) at 7-1 to repeat in 2012.

When breaking down all the teams we have to agree that going into next season the Miami Heat is once again the best team on paper. With that being said, we can't justify tying up money for an entire year on a team only getting 2-1. Before the start of the NBA Playoffs this year Miami was 13/4 or +3.25, which woud pay more over the 2-1 you would be getting this far in advance. At this point it would make more sense to take a shot o a team that you feel could drastically improve before the regular season instead of getting poor odds that are based on public perception.

The 2011 NBA Draft is on June 23, 2011 from Newark, New Jersey (7pm on ESPN/ESPN3) at the Prudential Center and any surprises or big trades could alter the odds listed below. Handicapping changes a team could make between now and the start of the upcoming season could offer some great value for sports bettors. Most experts have the top five picks in their NBA Mock Draft as follows: #1 Kyrie Irving (G, Duke) to Cleveland, #2 Derrick Williams (PF, Arizona) to Minnesota, #3 Brandon Knight (PG, Kentucky) to the Utah, #4 Jan Vesely, (SF, Partizan Belgrade) to Cleveland and #5 Bismack Biyombo (PF, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) to Toronto.

2012 NBA Championship - Odds to Win

Atlanta Hawks +5000

Boston Celtics +800

Charlotte Bobcats +10000

Chicago Bulls +600

Cleveland Cavaliers +10000

Dallas Mavericks +700

Denver Nuggets +2500

Detroit Pistons +20000

Golden State Warriors +10000

Houston Rockets +10000

Indiana Pacers +10000

Los Angeles Clippers +7500

Los Angeles Lakers +700

Memphis Grizzlies +4000

Miami Heat +200

Milwaukee Bucks +10000

Minnesota T-Wolves +30000

New Jersey Nets +6000

New Orleans Hornets +4000

New York Knicks +3000

Oklahoma City Thunder +700

Orlando Magic +2000

Philadelphia 76ers +6000

Phoenix Suns +10000

Portland Blazers +3000

Sacramento Kings +10000

San Antonio Spurs +1500

Toronto Raptors +30000

Utah Jazz +10000

Washington Wizards +10000

Discussion: Who is your early prediction to win the NBA Title in 2012? Will Lebron James and company rebound and win the title next season?

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