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Bovada labels the Thunder as Western Conference favorites heading into next season

by Anthony Slater Published: June 21, 2013
Oddsmakers don't seem too worried about Russell Westbrook's comeback campaign. / Photo by Chris Landsberger
Oddsmakers don't seem too worried about Russell Westbrook's comeback campaign. / Photo by Chris Landsberger

The 2012-2013 NBA season has been over for what…14 hours?

Seems like enough time to fully digest what happened, rest a little bit and get to talking about next year. At least that’s how the oddsmakers feel.

Bovada has already come out with its 2014 NBA championship odds, listed below. And as expected, the Heat are considered favorites to three-peat, at 2-1.

The Thunder fall right behind that, at 11-2 odds, two spots ahead of the closest Western Conference foe (San Antonio at 17-2).

What does it mean? Nothing, really. Unless you’re a betting man.

But it makes for interesting chatter. And the handicappers obviously don’t seem worried about lingering knee issues. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are the Western Conference favorites, while Derrick Rose and the Bulls have better odds than all teams but OKC and the Heat.

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship

Miami Heat 2-1

Oklahoma City Thunder 11-2

Chicago Bulls 15-2

San Antonio Spurs 17-2

Indiana Pacers 16-1

Los Angeles Clippers 18-1

New York Knicks 18-1

Houston Rockets 20-1

Memphis Grizzlies 20-1

Los Angeles Lakers 22-1

Denver Nuggets 25-1

Golden State Warriors 25-1

Boston Celtics 33-1

Dallas Mavericks 40-1

Brooklyn Nets 40-1

Atlanta Hawks 50-1

Milwaukee Bucks 75-1

Minnesota Timberwolves 75-1

Philadelphia 76ers 100-1

Portland Trail Blazers 100-1

Utah Jazz 100-1

Cleveland Cavaliers 150-1

New Orleans Pelicans 150-1

Sacramento Kings 150-1

Toronto Raptors 150-1

Washington Wizards 150-1

Detroit Pistons 300-1

Phoenix Suns 300-1

Charlotte Bobcats 500-1

Orlando Magic 500-1


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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