NBA Odds: Heat Remain Betting Option Without LeBron James

The NBA’s Eastern Conference has always been tough to gauge, and this year it’s as unpredictable as ever. LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers will need some time to gel in northeast Ohio, leaving plenty of opportunities for high-ranking playoff-bound opponents.

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It’s important to note that the Cavs lead all teams on the NBA futures. They are 5/2 to win the NBA Championship. The Chicago Bulls trail them in the east with 11/2 odds. Aside from those two squads, however, the entire conference is up in the air.

Last year we saw John Wall take the Washington Wizards to new heights. Wall averaged 19.3 points and 8.8 assists per game last season. The Wizards were 43-38-1 against the spread in 2013-2014. Now veteran forward Paul Pierce has been added to the squad in time for the 2014-2015 season. Washington may only be 33/1 to win a title this year, but they’re the third highest team in the sportsbook for their conference.

The Raptors (50/1) will return the same core squad that powered the club to a surprising postseason appearance. The Heat (40/1) will see Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade reassume their roles as the superstars they were prior to James’ arrival in South Beach.