Thu, Jun 23, 3:34am by Kevin Pitstock
It’s never too early to begin talking about the 2012 NBA season. Sure, just over a week ago the Dallas Mavericks downed the Miami Heat in six games to win their first ever NBA title. Now, the bookmakers have released the odds to win the 2012 NBA title. It’s very difficult to win back-to-back titles, but recently, the Lakers won three straight so it can be done. Dallas will have alot of guys back on next years team, so do not count them out. Let’s take a look at a few of the top teams for next year in the NBA:
Three of the top six teams for next season are out of the Eastern Conference, with the other three coming from the Western Conference. The team with the best odds to win the NBA title next year is the Miami Heat. Sure, LeBron has never won a title, which has delighted many across the world. But, next year is expected to be a different story according to bookmakers. The Miami Heat are listed +250.
The Chicago Bulls come in next with +500 odds. The Bulls had the best record in all of the NBA this season, but fell in the Eastern Conference Finals to Miami. Derrick Rose has been a man child the past two season for the Bulls, and was voted the MVP this past season. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer come together for quite the dynamic duo in the pain for the Bulls. Chicago was the second best defensive team last season.
The Boston Celtics are the third team to come out of the Eastern Conference, but are the sixth highest in all of the NBA. Boston has +900 odds to win the 2012 NBA Finals. The Celtics are getting older, so their chances to win another title are diminishing. The Celtics have the big four of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. One thing Boston can do is play defense. Defense wins titles.
Out of the Western Conference, many would expect the defending champion Dallas Mavericks to have the best odds. That’s wrong. The team with the best odds in the Western Conference belongs to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With another season of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing together, many feel the Thunder are ready to take the NBA by storm. Oklahoma City comes in as +600 to win the NBA title for next year.
Next is the Mavericks. Dallas finished with the third best record in the Western Conference last year, and came away with the title. Dirk Nowitzki and company will be back, but do they have enough to win it all after 100+ more games. Dallas is not too far behind Oklahoma City, as they are +700 to win it all.
The next team out of the Western Conference is the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant is now 33 years old, so not as quick and able to get back at it as easy as before. The Lakers will have a new coach, which will be an adjustment early in the season. Los Angeles comes into the end of June as +800.
Check back for more between now and October for NBA 2012!
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