Southeast Division Odds
The Miami Heat ran away with the NBA's Southeast Division title last season, and the sportsbooks have made them massive favorites to claim that crown once again this season.
At Bovada the Heat are huge -10000 favorites on the odds to win the NBA's Southeast Division this season, after they finished 22 games ahead of the second-place Atlanta Hawks in that race last season; Miami also ended up on top of the Eastern Conference standings.
The Washington Wizards, who were 37 games behind the Heat in the Southeast standings last year, are at +1200 to win the division this season, with the Hawks at +1400 on those NBA futures.
The Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic are then both at +20000 on the odds to win the Southeast Division at Bovada. Charlotte was 45 games back of Miami in the division standings last season, with Orlando 46 games behind the Heat.
Odds to Win 2014 NBA Southeast Division at Bovada
Miami Heat -10000
Washington Wizards +1200
Atlanta Hawks +1400
Charlotte Bobcats +20000
Orlando Magic +20000
No division race is more clear-cut than the one in the Southeast Division, home of the Miami Heat.
With two straight Eastern Conference titles under their belt, the defending NBA champion Heat are not only the team to beat in the Southeast Division, but in the entire league as well. The result is one-sided division odds at shops such as Bovada.
The scariest part for opposing teams (including division mates) is that Miami could be even better this season. The Heat kept their entire core together and added even more depth in veteran stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.
The new talent makes Miami more dangerous, but so does another year of chemistry; Miami reached the NBA Finals in 2010-11 mostly on talent, but looked like a much more cohesive unit with more defined roles in their championship run last season.
With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh leading a group of perfect-fit role players around them, Miami is deserving of its massive chalk line of -3500 to win the Southeast Division at TopBet. It would take a major collapse and a slew of injuries for this team to not finish on top.
Should that doomsday scenario take place, the Atlanta Hawks (+1500) are the team good enough to pick up the pieces. The Hawks retooled this offseason in shipping out their main offensive weapon Joe Johnson, but brought in Lou Williams to help lessen the offensive blow.
Al Horford, Josh Smith, and Jeff Teague make up a core talented enough to make the playoffs again as Atlanta has in each of the last five seasons.
By dishing Dwight Howard for prospects and journeyman veterans, the Magic (+4500) made it clear that they were ready to begin a new chapter in Orlando with a rebuild. They join the Washington Wizards (+5000) and the Charlotte Bobcats (+15000) who are both also in the early stages of full rebuilds.
Both teams hope they drafted their new franchise player in the 2012 NBA Draft, as Charlotte picked Michael Kidd-Gilchrist second overall and Washington took Bradley Beal third overall.
Can you blame the rest of the division for looking to the future when the present so clearly belongs to the Miami Heat?