NBA 2013/2014 Prop Bets
NBA 2013/2014 Prop Bets
The city of Miami is still celebrating the Heats’ second consecutive NBA title, but it is already time to focus our attention on a few of Bovada’s prop bet odds for the 2013/2014 season as listed below.
Will Manu Ginobili be a member of the San Antonio for Game 1 of the 2013-2014 Regular Season?
Ginobili was a non-factor for a good part of the NBA Finals until he decided to take matters into his own hands with some strong play down the stretch, but unfortunately it was in a losing effort. He proved that he can still play at a very high level, but at age 36 and dealing with a multitude of injury issues, you have to ask yourself how much does he still have in the tank.
He has not come out and said that he plans to retire, but Ginobili could be definitely leaning that way given the grueling toll that 82 regular season games along with a potential of four additional best-of-seven playoff series can take. The other thing to take into consideration is the emergence of quite a bit of young talent on this Spurs team that will be pushing for even more playing time next season. The current money line favors that Ginobili will be on the floor when San Antonio starts its defense of its 2012/2013 Western Conference title, but this prop could be a golden opportunity to go in the other direction.
Will Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh be members of the Miami Heat for Game 1 of the 2013-2014 Regular Season?
When the current architect of this Miami team Pat Riley pulled-out all the stops to bring both James and Bosh to town to form the Big Three with Dwyane Wade a few years back, the grand scheme was to create a NBA dynasty that could win four or five titles. Three seasons into this plan, his efforts have been rewarded with two world titles. This last one took two incredible performances in a Game 7 scenario to bring home the title and while much of the credit should rightfully go to James, both Wade and Bosh filled key roles when they needed to the most.
The 2013/2014 season is the final one for all three player’s current contract so you know there is bound to be some major changes beyond next year. While this might cause people to speculate that maybe something happens this offseason as far as a trade for someone like Bosh, you get the feeling that both Riley and Heat owner Micky Arison will decide to keep this trio intact for one more season while focusing their efforts on building additional depth to take some of the pressure off James for another title run.
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 Trailblazers 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
It is no big surprise that Miami is once again the odds-on-favorite to win it all next season, but there are still some extremely hungry teams such as Oklahoma City, Memphis and Denver in the West as well as Indiana and Chicago in the East waiting in the wings. The Heat’s resolve earned them this year’s title, but the gap between this team and some of the other top teams in the league is not nearly as wide as it once was.
Realistically, there are only a handful of teams that have what it takes to knock-off Miami in a seven-game series, so if you are looking for value in these odds you should confine your picks to teams like the Pacers at 16/1 and Memphis at 20/1. Both these ball clubs have the physical style of play to keep Miami in check. They also know what their shortfalls were this past season and where they need to improve to win a title of their own.
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