LeBron James and the Miami Heat are not the top seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the start of NBA playoffs betting action this weekend, but they remain the favorites at the sportsbooks to make it back to the NBA Finals once again this spring.
At Bovada as of Thursday morning the Heat are sitting as the 2/3 favorites on the odds to win the Eastern Conference, with Indiana at 2/1, Brooklyn at 9/1, Chicago at 12/1, Toronto at 20/1, Washington at 50/1, Charlotte at 75/1, and Atlanta at 100/1 on those NBA playoffs odds.
The Heat, the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, will play a first-round series against the Bobcats, with that series getting underway on Sunday afternoon. The other three opening-round series in the East are No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Atlanta, No. 3 Toronto vs. No. 6 Brooklyn, and No. 4 Chicago vs. No. 5 Washington.
Over in the West the top seed is also the top favorite on the NBA odds to win the conference this spring, with the San Antonio Spurs at 3/2 on those NBA playoffs betting lines at Bovada. The Thunder are then at 2/1, with the Clippers at 9/2, the Rockets at 9/1, the Warriors at 14/1, the Trail Blazers at 18/1, and the Mavericks and Grizzlies at 33/1.
The No. 1 Spurs will take on the No. 8 Mavericks in the first round of NBA playoffs betting action starting on Sunday afternoon. The other three opening-round series in the Western Conference are No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 7 Memphis, No. 3 Los Angeles vs. No. 6 Golden State, and No. 4 Houston vs. No. 5 Portland.
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As for the NBA Finals, a matchup between the Heat and the Spurs is the betting favorite at Bovada, with that series set as the 3/1 chalk at the sportsbook. Heat vs. Thunder is then at 4/1, with Pacers with Spurs (13/2), Pacers vs. Thunder (8/1), and Heat vs. Clippers (8/1) rounding out the top tier on those betting lines.
And the most unlikely NBA Finals matchups for this spring? It's a four-way tie between Hawks vs. Mavericks, Hawks vs. Grizzlies, Bobcats vs. Mavericks, and Bobcats vs. Grizzlies, which are all going off at 2000/1 odds at Bovada.
2014 NBA Championship Exact Matchup at Bovada
Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs 3/1 Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder 4/1 Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs 13/2 Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1 Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers 8/1 Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers 14/1 Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets 14/1 Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs 20/1 Miami Heat vs Golden State Warriors 22/1 Brooklyn Nets vs Oklahoma City Thunder 25/1 Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets 28/1 Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers 28/1 Chicago Bulls vs San Antonio Spurs 30/1 Chicago Bulls vs Oklahoma City Thunder 33/1 Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors 40/1 Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers 50/1 Indiana Pacers vs Portland Trail Blazers 50/1 Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks 50/1 Miami Heat vs Memphis Grizzlies 50/1 Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs 50/1 Toronto Raptors vs Oklahoma City Thunder 60/1 Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Clippers 66/1 Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets 75/1 Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors 100/1 Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets 100/1 Indiana Pacers vs Dallas Mavericks 100/1 Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies 100/1 Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Clippers 100/1 Washington Wizards vs San Antonio Spurs 125/1 Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trail Blazers 150/1 Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder 150/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs San Antonio Spurs 175/1 Chicago Bulls vs Golden State Warriors 175/1 Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trail Blazers 200/1 Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets 200/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Oklahoma City Thunder 225/1 Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs 250/1 Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers 275/1 Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder 300/1 Brooklyn Nets vs Dallas Mavericks 300/1 Brooklyn Nets vs Memphis Grizzlies 300/1 Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors 300/1 Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers 350/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Los Angeles Clippers 400/1 Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks 400/1 Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies 400/1 Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Clippers 500/1 Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets 500/1 Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks 700/1 Toronto Raptors vs Memphis Grizzlies 700/1 Washington Wizards vs Golden State Warriors 700/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Houston Rockets 750/1 Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers 900/1 Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets 1000/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Golden State Warriors 1000/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Portland Trail Blazers 1250/1 Atlanta Hawks vs Golden State Warriors 1500/1 Washington Wizards vs Dallas Mavericks 1500/1 Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies 1500/1 Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trail Blazers 1750/1 Atlanta Hawks vs Dallas Mavericks 2000/1 Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies 2000/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Dallas Mavericks 2000/1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Memphis Grizzlies 2000/1