NBA Finals Betting Odds: After Trade Deadline, Which Teams Have The Best Chance Of Winning The 2014 Championship?

Evan Turner
Evan Turner gives the Indiana Pacers an even better chance to beat the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Reuters

The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday, essentially solidifying teams’ rosters for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. Ten trades were completed in the last 24 hours before the deadline.

After the player movement, the Miami Heat remain the favorites to win it all. As LeBron James and company look to win their third straight title, Bovada.lv gives them 9/4 odds of pulling off the three-peat. Miami made one deal, sending Roger Mason to Sacramento for a conditional 2015 second-round draft pick.

The Heat’s biggest competition made the largest splash on the day of the trade deadline. The Indiana Pacers acquired Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers for Danny Granger and a second-round selection in 2015. The swap makes the Pacers, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference, even more formidable.

Turner was the 76ers leading scorer with 17.4 points per game. With Indiana, he’ll come off the bench.

Right behind the Pacers’ 5/2 odds comes the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were rumored to be involved in trade talks with the New York Knicks, but the two couldn’t come to an agreement. The potential deal would have sent Iman Shumpert to the Thunder for a first-round pick.

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers have the fourth and fifth-best odds of winning the Finals. Both teams made minor deals on Thursday.

According to the betting odds, only eight teams are considered to be legitimate title contenders. The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers round out the top eight with 18/1 odds. The next five teams on the list are tied at 66/1. More than half the league has odds of 100/1 or worse.

Some teams are so far out of the playoff race that they don’t have any odds listed. The Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic are considered to have no chance of winning the 2014 NBA Finals.

Miami Heat 9/4

Indiana Pacers 5/2

Oklahoma City Thunder 15/4

San Antonio Spurs 10/1

Los Angeles Clippers 12/1

Houston Rockets 16/1

Golden State Warriors 18/1

Portland Trailblazers 18/1

Brooklyn Nets 66/1

Chicago Bulls 66/1

Dallas Mavericks 66/1

Memphis Grizzlies 66/1

Toronto Raptors 66/1

New York Knicks 100/1

Phoenix Suns 100/1

Washington Wizards 100/1

Atlanta Hawks 150/1

Cleveland Cavaliers 150/1

Denver Nuggets 150/1

Detroit Pistons 150/1

Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1

Boston Celtics 500/1

Charlotte Bobcats 500/1

New Orleans Pelicans 500/1

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