NBA odds makers released new championship odds on Monday. The Indiana Pacers moved into first place alone this week after sharing first with the Miami Heat last week. The Pacers are 40-11 on the season and hold the best record in the league. Miami is four games behind at 35-14.
The Pacers saw their odds shortened this week from 2 to 1 to 9 to 5. The Heat remained at 2 to 1 where they were last week.
This has been the first time since LeBron James came to the Heat that Miami has not been the favorite to win the NBA title on topbet, Bovada or betonline, with the exception of a playoff situation when they trailed in a particular series.
Odds makers at sportsbook.com believe that Indiana, Miami and the Oklahoma City Thunder are the three top teams in the league. However, Miami is known to take certain nights off during the regular season playing as if it were at times the preseason.
This year however, it might be harder for them to turn on the switch when they need it come playoff time, said one well-known odds maker at Bovada.
In the deep Western Conference, a team emerging as a dangerous threat to the status quo is the Phoenix Suns who are currently at 50 to 1. To start this season, the Suns were at 2000 to 1, the second longest odds in the league.
It is easy to call the Suns, coached by Jeff Hornacek, the league’s biggest surprise this season.
Phoenix likely will not push the elite teams of the conference and threaten them with elimination in a postseason series, but their 30-20 record proves they have talent and will be around making noise during the postseason.
The Suns are led by Goran Dragic with 20 points and 6 assists per game and Eric Bledsoe with 18 points and nearly 6 assists per game.
The two guards run the team’s up-tempo scoring machine that is fifth in the league in scoring at 105 points per game. However, on defense, the Suns are giving up nearly 102 points per game.
If the season ended today, Phoenix would play the Portland Trail Blazers, who the Suns have defeated two out of three times this season.
The NBA All-Star break takes place this weekend and will give every team an opportunity for four days of rest. Players who have injuries will also have time to rest without missing additional games.
The Thunder, ranked No. 1 in the Western Conference are expecting their starting point guard Russell Westbrook back from his knee surgery following the break. Westbrook has missed 25 games thus far this season.
Current Top 5 in NBA Championship Odds
Indiana 9 to 5
Miami 2 to 1
Oklahoma City 7 to 2
San Antonio 12 to 1
Los Angeles Clippers 12 to 1