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2011 NBA Futures Gambling: 2011 NBA Title

NBA Championship Futures Betting Update

Here is a NBA Wagering preview along with the odds for the top NBA championship contenders for the 2010/2011 season.

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As teams like the Heat, Bulls and Magic have shown us, a lot can change in one month. Let’s have a look at who’s rising, who’s falling and who’s standing pat in the NBA championship futures.


Miami Heat (+160)

The Heat are back to where they were before the season started, leading the way among the contenders. Hard to believe this team started 8-5. The Heat are 22-6 since and were 22-4 before dropping two straight this week.

Chicago Bulls (+1500)

This is the best Bulls team since Michael Jordan left. Derrick Rose is approaching superstar status and the Bulls are monsters in the paint with Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and, when he returns from injury, Joakim Noah.

Orlando Magic (+1800)

Who knew how important Hedo Turkoglu was for team chemistry? He was a cancer in places like Toronto but for some reason the Magic win with him. It helps to have that Dwight Howard guy, too.

New York Knicks (+2500)

With odds of +2500, they’re obviously not among the elite, but they weren’t even part of the championship discussion over the offseason. The Amar’e Stoudemire/Raymond Felton experiment is working beautifully. If the Knicks win the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, they would become top-five contenders.


Los Angeles Lakers (+350)

They still have the third best odds to win it all, so they haven’t fallen off the map,  but the Lakers have come back to the pack. It’s not even that they’re playing poorly; they aren’t. The competition around them just seems to be improving. Three-peating will be a challenge. Sports Betting at Sportsbook.com

Dallas Mavericks (+1500)

The Mavs still have a good record but it may be time to write off their title hopes for 2011. Caron Butler is done for the year and Dirk Nowitzki is far from healthy.

Portland Trail Blazers (+20000)

Hard to believe the talent-rich Blazers’ odds now wallow alongside Minnesota’s or Sacramento’s. But that’s what happens when you lose Greg Oden and, now, Brandon Roy to long-term injuries.


Boston Celtics (+220)

Don’t be surprised if the Celtics wind up in the “Fallers” section the next time we revisit NBA futures. Kevin Garnett’s age is once again catching up to him. Aside from Rajon Rondo, this is a creaky, veteran lineup. They’re still outstanding but are they a house of cards?

San Antonio Spurs (+400)

Like Tim Duncan, they’re perpetually underwhelming but they perpetually get the job done. Would you put it past the Spurs to snag another NBA title under Gregg Popovich with their great team play? I wouldn’t.

Oklahoma City thunder (+2500)

The Thunder were a sexy sleeper entering the year and they’ve maintained that status. They haven’t reached the next tier but, thanks to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, could win a playoff series this year.



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Shea Matthews the Senior Writer at CP. Lives and breathes sports. He made the transition from athlete to sports journalist at a young age, writing in TV & national papers. Shea applies his knowledge to sports betting + handicapping daily, and shares winning picks with the world.