The NBA has just reached the halfway point of the regular season. Odds makers have adjusted their futures for the NBA championship odds this week with the gap between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers getting smaller.
Indiana is finally getting some respect from odds makers even though they have led the league nearly from day one of the season. At this time, the Pacers sit atop the league with a record of 33-7, two games ahead of the second place San Antonio Spurs and 4½ games in front of Eastern Conference rival and two time defending NBA champions the Miami Heat.
Nevertheless, until a team knocks the Miami Heat out of the postseason, the crown will stay in south Florida. Indiana is giving it its best shot, but half the season remains.
When the season started, Miami was 5 to 7 to win the Eastern Conference and 2 to 1 to win it all on sites like Bovada and sportsbook.com. At the same time, Indiana was 6 to 1 to take the conference and 12 to 1 to win the title.
At that time, Indiana on betonline and topbet trailed the Chicago Bulls, but due to an injury sustained by Derrick Rose, the race in the East was trimmed from three teams to just two.
At present, the Pacers are even money to take the East and 5 to 2 to win the title. However, they still trail Miami as the Heat are 5 to 8 to take the East and 3 to 2 to win the title.
In real time, the Heat trail Indiana by 4½ games. Indiana is 21-1 at home this season and is No. 1 in the league in points allowed at 88.2 per game. They are led by the sharpshooting Paul George, who is averaging 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. George has emerged as a legitimate superstar who has impacted the game on both ends of the court for Indiana.
Miami, on the other hand, plays at times as if they are bored with the regular season, especially during mid season prior to the All Star break. The Heat is just 5-5 in their past 10 games overall including Monday night’s loss against Atlanta.
However, the regular season is long, with 40 or more games for each team left and the championship will run through Miami.
If Indiana can secure the home court advantage for the playoffs, it would put the Pacers in a better position than the past two years, when they were eliminated by Miami who held home court advantage.
Top Ten Odds for 2013-14 NBA Title
Miami Heat 3-2
Indiana Pacers 4-1
Oklahoma City Thunder 6-1
San Antonio Spurs 8-1
Golden State Warriors 10-1
Los Angeles Clippers 15-1
Houston Rockets 15-1
Minnesota Timberwolves 50-1
Memphis Grizzlies 50-1