Newton’s Third Law reveals that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. When it comes to betting on the NBA, such an observation is worth repeating. Everybody under the sun has discussed how the addition of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers makes the franchise a legitimate title contender, but we shouldn’t dismiss how the rest of the league is reacting.
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While the Cavs have shot up to the top of the sportsbook (3/1 to win the NBA championship), the Miami Heat, who reigned supreme there up until the day of the Decision, has fallen down the list.
The Heat managed to retain Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade while adding solid fringe stars like Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts, but is that enough for basketball fans to take a wager on the team’s 25/1 odds of going all the way?
The offseason definitely wasn’t a success in South Beach, but the team shouldn’t be ruled out as an Eastern Conference contender. Consider them a team in limbo while the landscape of the league readjusts in 2014-2015. Take advantage of the uncertainty by betting on the NBA before the dust settles.