The NBA futures board for the NBA Championship has been updated and with the San Antonio Spurs back to full strength, their odds have shortened.
The veteran Spurs this season are 44-16 SU and 29-31 ATS. Last season San Antonio was ever so close to hoisting the Championship Trophy when they played the Miami Heat in the Finals.
However, after the Heat won the title in seven games, many observers in the NBA, including online sites such as Bovada, betonline and topbet wondered if the aging veterans’ window of opportunity had shut.
That does not seem to be the case. San Antonio now sits in fourth on the latest futures board at 10 to 1. The Spurs have all of their players healthy. That has helped the team to play at the elite level needed to contend for an NBA title.
San Antonio has won seven of its past nine games overall including big road wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.
Despites San Antonio’s championship pedigree and incredible consistency they seem to fly below radar frequency always. The team’s games are not full of highlights on sports reports nightly the way the Thunder’s or the Heat are.
Since the team has been in the mix for the championship for at least the past 10 seasons, they do not get the accolades of a new team on the block like Indiana does.
On Sunday, Tony Parker, the team’s starting point guard returned for his first game since the team had its All-Star break.
Parker said he believed his coach Gregg Popovich used the team for Parker to rest both physically and mentally. He trusts his coach’s method of rotation and how he rests his players.
Parker has played a large amount of round ball over the past three years with very little break, including in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The Spurs trail Oklahoma City by just 1 ½ games and the two will meet once more during the regular season on April 3. San Antonio is 0-3 in its first three games head to head with the Thunder this season.
With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all in their 30s, there is not much more time for them to win another NBA title, but they have the chance and a good one at that, this June.
Odds NBA Championship 2013-14
Heat 7 to 4
Pacers 2 to 1
Thunder 7 to 2
Spurs 10 to 1
Clippers 10 to 1
Warriors 15 to 1
Rockets 15 to 1
Blazers 15 to 1
Bulls 60 to 1
Grizzlies 60 to 1