Bulls beat the Heat, Miami still one to beat

The second longest winning streak in NBA history may be over but it’s had little to no impact on the Miami Heat’s odds to win the NBA championship title

 

One day after losing 101-97 to the Chicago Bulls, the NBA’s defending champion Miami Heat still hold an 11-game lead over Indiana for first place in the Eastern Conference. 27-game win streaks will do that for a team.

 

Miami’s next streak likely begins Friday night when they visit the 25-47 New Orleans Hornets but as the dust settles on what was truly one the most entertaining runs in league history, it’s worth re-assessing how the books view the Heat’s chances for summer success.

 

For current NBA odds to win this year’s title, click here

 

Odds that Miami wins the East will cost a bettor 4 to 1 and although it seems likely, look where the four No. 1 seeds in this year’s college tournament sit. Louisville and Kansas are staring down tight Friday matchups vs. Michigan State and Florida, Gonzaga’s already hit the showers and as I write this, Indiana is staring down a 12-point deficit vs. Marquette.

 

If you shop around there’s a chance you can book the Heat at even money to win it all but you really like to bet futures, have a look how the lead pack from the rest of the field is paying back.

 

MIA james v Chi

Miami outscored opponents 105-94 during the club’s all-time longest straight-up win streak

 

Oklahoma City, who lost four games to one vs. Miami in last year’s final are listed at +450. Second is the West-leading San Antonio Spurs (+650) and then basketball odds take a big leap to +1600 where you’ll find the Nuggets and Clippers.

 

The Pacers get back 20 to 1 odds and considering some of the matchups Indiana will draw in rounds one through three, that’s not half-bad. Everyone’s favorite LA team, the Lakers, are overpriced at +2500 and then rounding out the pack are a team who have already capped their season with last night’s win over the Heat (Chicago Bulls, 30 to 1).

 

While it might not be the wisest investment loading up big money against the Heat to win, we would much rather take our chances betting futures with one of the team’s who have benefitted from the streak than the one whose value has disintegrated to nothing.

 

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