Less than 10 games remain in the NBA regular season. While some teams in both conferences are battling for position in the playoffs, others are fighting to just make the post season.
In the Western Conference, three teams are within a half game of one another in the 7th, 8th and 9th place. Just 8 teams will qualify in each conference.
The Phoenix Suns are tied with the Memphis Grizzlies in the 7th and 8th place in the conference, while the Dallas Mavericks are just a half game behind both in 9th.
However, the team that has risen above the rest of the league is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are 58-16 SU and 41-33 ATS. They currently own the best record in the NBA and have won 18 straight games overall.
The Spurs just defeated the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers by 26 points and look ready to take on the Miami Heat in a repeat of last season’s great NBA Finals.
The run of 18 straight games has shortened the odds for the Spurs for the championship to 11 to 4 from 3 to 1 last week on Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com
One of the criticisms of San Antonio in the early part of the season was they were able to beat up on competition that was inferior and struggled when they played against playoff or title contenders.
According to Bovada, the Spurs lost the first three meetings against Oklahoma City and Houston, which suggested they might not even be good enough to make it beyond their own Western Conference.
However, with their player rotation fully in place, the veteran bunch operated by one of the best tacticians in the game Gregg Popovich is playing different.
They can show how well they have changed when they take on Oklahoma City this week on Thursday and Houston on April 14.
Wednesday night the Spurs will be favored on betonline and sportsbook.com when they play at home against the Golden State Warriors.
Indiana in the meantime is amidst a losing streak of three games and is just 4-6 over their past 10 games overall. The loss against San Antonio dropped Indiana out of first place in the Eastern Conference and moved Miami to the top.
The Pacers have four games in a row that they should win which will set up a big late season battle in south Florida versus Miami April 11.
Top 5 Odds for NBA Championship Title 2014
Miami Heat 2-1
San Antonio Spurs 11-4
Indiana Pacers 3-1
Oklahoma City Thunder 7-2
Los Angeles Clippers 12-1