The 2013-14 NBA season concluded on Sunday night when the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals in 5 games.
The Spurs avenged their near miss of last season when they lost a lead in Game 6 with just 5 second left that could have earned them the championship.
Nevertheless, the Spurs after a year’s wait were able to return with nearly the same roster of players and defeat Miami.
The title is the fifth in the Spurs franchise history all under the tutelage of head coach Gregg Popovich and all with Tim Duncan in the lineup.
The Spurs first title was in Duncan’s second season in 1999 and that was followed by titles in 2003, ’05, ’07 and now ’14.
However, the NBA never stops and the betting world is always looking for updated stats and new props.
The NBA championship trophy was engraved with the name of the San Antonio Spurs as the 2013-14 Champions and just hours later the NBA futures line came out with the odds for winning the NBA championship in the 2014-15 season.
That is right, Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com all now have the NBA futures for next season.
Topping the list is the Miami Heat. Even though the Heat could lose all, one or two of their “Big Three” to free agency, Miami has been put at 5 to 2 to win the NBA title in 2014-15. If the Heat is able to re-sign LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, they will have to add some new talent around them if they want to reach the finals for the fifth straight season.
Coming in at second in the futures list was the San Antonio Spurs at 8 to 1 tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The question mark in San Antonio is if their “Big Three” of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili can get enough out of their aging legs to win another title.
The Oklahoma City Thunder must find a shooting guard to go with their superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook if they hope to win the championship next season.
The Los Angeles Clippers are at 10 to 1 and in fourth on the list. The Clippers have a strong nucleus with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and one of the best coaches in the league in Doc Rivers.
Rounding out the top five on the list was the Indiana Pacers are 15 to 1. With the best defensive team in the league, Indiana must shore up its offense to be a title contender.
Off course, these odds will change as the NBA draft takes place, high-profile free agents sign with new teams and trades are made.
Nevertheless, the NBA championship trophy is in San Antonio for less than 24 hours and thoughts are already on next season.