With the Super Bowl now in the books another chapter of the NFL is closed. Taking center stage now for many sports fans and sports bettors is the NBA.
The Western Conference is by far the deeper of the two conferences, with 8 of the 10 records from teams in the West and only Indiana and Miami in the top 10 from the East.
It became apparent early on with the season ending injury to Derrick Rose that in the Eastern Conference it would be just a two-team race between the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Indiana is currently No. 1 in the league at 38-10 SU and 31-17 ATS. Miami is No. 4 in the league at 34-13 SU and 21-26 ATS.
However, Miami has been at the top all season with odds makers as the favorite to win the NBA, until this week. On sites like Bovada, betonline, sportsbook.com and topbet the Indiana Pacers joined the Heat on the futures board as the co-favorites to win the title.
Indiana last week was 9 to 4, while Miami was 3 to 2. However, both now are going off at 2 to 1 with the Oklahoma City Thunder sitting at 7 to 2. The Thunder has been red-hot of late and with Russell Westbrook returning at the end of the month, the team could move up to the No. 1 or No. 2 spot.
One odds maker at Bovada said that both Indiana and Oklahoma City could give Miami a tough challenge, but knowing how talented Miami is there is no reason they should be anything below their current 2 to 1.
On most futures boards the Heat and Pacers are tied at the top, with Oklahoma City third, but it is fourth and fifth where some boards differ. Some have San Antonio fourth and the Los Angeles Clippers fifth, while others have Golden State and Portland tied for fourth.
Miami is 7-3 SU over its past 10 games overall. The Heat however is suffering from midseason doldrums that have often times taken hold of the team. The Heat opened 2014 just 5-5 and covered just two of their past seven games against the number.
However, Miami was routed by Oklahoma City at home last week in front of a national audience on TV, in a matchup many felt that LeBron James and the rest of the Heat would rise to the occasion for.
Top 10 on Futures Board for NBA Title
Oklahoma City 7-2
San Antonio 10-1
Los Angeles Clippers 12-1
Golden State 12-1