Who are the Favorites to Win the NBA Title Next Season?Basketball is one of the world's most fast-paced sports, featuring elite athletes showcasing great speed, agility and power. We were treated to many spectacular plays during the postseason, from Roy Hibbert's blocked shot against Carmelo Anthony to LeBron James' block against Tiago Splitter to the last second shot heroics of Tony Parker and Ray Allen in the 2013 Finals. This action and drama truly makes the NBA "must see TV." The 2012-2013 season has just finished and many people are already starting to think about who will be the favorite to win the 2014 championship.
The Miami Heat are trying to defy the odds and accomplish the rare "three-peat," something that has only been achieved by legendary teams: the Mikan Lakers, the Russell Celtics, the Jordan-Pippen Bulls and the O’Neal-Bryant Lakers. They will be challenged in the East by the young and tough Indiana Pacers (16/1) and the Chicago Bulls (15/2), while the West has several potential championship-caliber teams, including the San Antonio Spurs (17/2) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (11/2). The Memphis Grizzlies (20/1) figure to take a step backward after foolishly getting rid of Coach Lionel Hollins, while the L.A. Clippers (18/1) hope that the addition of Coach Rivers will improve their sporadic defense. Despite the competition it would be hard to bet against the Heat again next season.
posted by David Friedman @ 4:31 AM