How NBA Free Agency Changed Vegas Championship Odds

July 31st, 2012 by John Friel Leave a reply »
Free agency is nearly coming to an end, with all of the players worth mentioning just about taken.

This also signifies the time where you can begin making your bets on who is going to win the 2013 NBA Championship.

Obviously, the Miami Heat are the favorites to take home a second consecutive title, especially after their acquisitions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. However, they'll face stiff competition in a growing Oklahoma City Thunder team, a Los Angeles Lakers team that has gotten considerably better since last year and a Boston Celtics team which has constantly given them problems in the past.

Those four, as well as the San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers, could all be considered legitimate choices as to who will win next year's title. Recent free-agency moves have vaulted Brooklyn near the top of the East, while the Pacers have improved several key weaknesses to their game that they were forced to deal with last season.

You could even possibly say the likes of the Dallas Mavericks or Memphis Grizzlies are title contenders as well. However, I'd be more inclined to agree with the person placing his bets on the Heat, T ...

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