2015 NBA Title Odds

2015 NBA Title Odds

With the San Antonio Spurs still celebrating their 2014 NBA championship, and the Miami Heat searching for answers, oddsmakers were busy gathering together odds for the 2015 Finals. A premature exercise? Sure, but it’s still fun to to take a peek at futures now that the 2014 season is in the books. Can the Heat overcome some potentially major obstacles to claim the third title of the LeBron era? Will the aging Spurs receive due respect for toppling the South Beach dynasty? Are upstart teams like the Trail Blazers and Wizards ready to enter the league’s elite? Omitting the obvious, such as draftees, free agent movement, and unforeseen injuries, here are the extremely early odds for the 2015 NBA title.

Heat 5/2 – The favorites again? This is assuming that the Big Three all return, which is no guarantee. James, Wade, and Bosh can all opt out of their current deals in July, but none have made their intentions clear. It’s highly unlikely James and Wade will exit, but Bosh could relocate if the money is right. Whatever the case, this roster is in need of a legit “young” talent to groom.

Thunder 7/1 – When will OK City ever wise up and dump Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha? They barely belong on an NBA roster, let alone in a starting lineup. Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka are solid, but the rest of the team is full of question marks. Jeremy Lamb must become more consistent to avoid the bust label.

Spurs 7/1 – Although not impossible, another long trip to the Finals will be difficult considering the core of the roster is well over 30. Kawhi Leonard’s Finals MVP provided a glimpse of how potent he can be once Gregg Popovich unleashes him upon opponents. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have yet to utter “retirement,” but one or both could decide to walk away on top.

Clippers 10/1 – An exciting team to watch play offense, but their attempts to play defense are often laughable. Taking the next step is never easy, so the Clipps have a lot to prove heading into the 2014-15 season.

Pacers/Bulls 15/1 – Indiana probably loses Lance Stephenson in free agency, which depletes an already challenged offense. The Bulls are crossing their fingers Derrick Rose can return close to his 2011 form after missing the last two and half years with injuries.

Trail Blazers 30/1 – Portland was 150-1 prior to the 2013-14 season. The emergence of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals has improved their odds drastically. If they can find a bench, they might pose a significant threat to the Spurs and Thunder.

Wizards 32/1 – Bounced Chicago and pushed Indiana to 6 games in the playoffs. Solid starting five, led by the dynamic backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal. Still need a front court presence to make waves in the East.

Raptors 55/1 – Like Washington, Toronto has skilled starting guards, but lacks a reliable force in the paint. Center Jonas Valanciunas has promise, but needs to work on his consistency.

Bucks 300/1 – Worst record in the league means worst odds. The Bucks have Brandon Knight and not much else.