After losing LeBron James and going through a remodel that has the Miami Heat heading into a new era in team history, the team isn’t getting much of a chance to win an NBA title.
According to the sports gambling website Bovada, the Heat have 40/1 odds of winning the championship in 2015.
The Heat are coming off a 54-win season in which the team went to the NBA Finals, losing in five games to the San Antonio Spurs.
James’ new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are the favorites to win the whole thing with 5/2 odds. The Spurs have 4/1 odds. The site is assuming that Derrick Rose will return healthy, giving the Bulls the third best odds in the NBA (11/2). The Oklahoma City Thunder (6/1) and the Los Angeles Clippers (12/1) round out the top five.
Look, I get that the Heat would be given slim chances. After all, they got clobbered in the NBA Finals with LeBron and now LeBron isn’t with the team anymore. I can understand that logic. The logic I cannot understand, however, is why in the hell the Heat and the Indiana Pacers (sans Paul George and Lance Stephenson) have the same odds.
In the Eastern Conference, the Heat are tied for the fourth-best odds behind the Cavs, Bulls and Washington Wizards (33/1).
If Rose is healthy, I certainly see Cleveland and Chicago being the top two teams in the East. But these odds are not only assuming Rose’s health and return to MVP form, but is also apparently betting on John Wall and/or Bradley Beal taking a step forward.
Look at it this way: if you’re a particularly confident Heat fan, you have a chance to win some straight cash.