Heat, Lakers favored to reach NBA Finals

In what comes as no surprise at all, the defending champion Miami Heat and the loaded Los Angeles Lakers are favored to reach the NBA Finals.

Gaming site Bovada.lv released its odds for winning the championship and has the Heat at 11-5 and the Lakers slightly higher at 5-2.

Miami has reached the Finals each of the last two years, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games last season. Los Angeles has not reached the conference finals since it last won the title in 2010 but added superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason.

The Thunder is 9-2 to win the title, followed by the Chicago Bulls at 14-1 and the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics at a somewhat inviting 18-1.

The Heat are an odds-on 5-8 to win the Eastern Conference. The Lakers are 13-10.

The site also released its over-under win totals for each team. That list has both the Heat and Thunder at 60.5 wins, with the Lakers next at 59.5 wins. That is well below the bold prediction from our editor-in-chief.

The only other teams with totals above 50 are the Spurs (54.5), Indiana Pacers (51.5), Celtics (50.5) and Denver Nuggets (50.5).

The numbers for the Spurs and Celtics seem a bit low, as do the totals for the Los Angeles Clippers (49.5), Brooklyn Nets (44.5), Utah Jazz (42.5), Golden State Warriors (35.5) and Toronto Raptors (32.5).

Teams whose numbers seem a bit high are the Chicago Bulls (48.5) and Houston Rockets (30.5) and Charlotte Bobcats (20.5).

The odds and totals for all teams are below.

TEAMODDSTOTAL
MIAMI HEAT11-560.5
LOS ANGELES LAKERS5-259.5
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER9-260.5
CHICAGO BULLS14-148.5
SAN ANTONIO SPURS18-154.5
BOSTON CELTICS18-150.5
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS25-149.5
BROOKLYN NETS30-144.5
DALLAS MAVERICKS33-144.5
INDIANA PACERS35-151.5
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES35-148.5
NEW YORK KNICKS35-146.5
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS50-147.5
DENVER NUGGETS66-150.5
ATLANTA HAWKS75-142.5
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES75-142.5
HOUSTON ROCKETS75-130.5
UTAH JAZZ100-142.5
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS100-134.5
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS125-135.5
MILWAUKEE BUCKS125-135.5
PHOENIX SUNS150-133.5
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS150-125.5
ORLANDO MAGIC150-123.5
TORONTO RAPTORS200-132.5
DETROIT PISTONS200-132.5
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS200-131.5
WASHINGTON WIZARDS200-131.5
SACRAMENTO KINGS200-129.5
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS500-120.5
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