Coming into the postseason, the Miami Heat were 2/1 favorites to win the NBA championship with Indiana and San Antonio considered to be two of their biggest threats.
With those two teams struggling with their first-round matchups, Miami looks like an even stronger favorite at 7/4 to win it all on the latest NBA future odds lists at OddsShark.com.
San Antonio trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against Dallas before going on a 15-0 run to win the game. But the Spurs were down big again in Game 2, and couldn't mount the comeback in a shocking 113-92 home loss to the Mavericks.
After being dominated through most of the first two games of the series, those looking to bet on NBA action have seen San Antonio fall from 3/1 to 11/4 to win the NBA championship in 2014.
Indiana's stock also took a hit this week as the Pacers split their first two games against Atlanta and appeared to have matchup issues with Roy Hibbert against Atlanta's speed. The Pacers have fallen from 6/1 to win the championship down to 15/2.
While San Antonio and Indiana have seen their odds get adjusted slightly due to splitting their first two games at home, two home teams dropped both of their first games at home and have seen their stocks plummet because of it.
The Houston Rockets entered the playoffs going off at 20/1 to win the NBA championship, but those odds are now down to 50/1 as the Portland Trail Blazers have won the first two games of the series in Houston.
Portland appears to be peaking at the right time with an 11-1 SU and 8-4 ATS record over its last 12 games, and is up to 20/1 after starting the playoffs at 40/1 to win the title.
Out East, the Chicago Bulls were 40/1 to win the championship, but they are all the way down to 150/1 after losing the first two games of the series to Washington. The Wizards are up to 66/1 from 150/1 and are 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against Chicago.
Rounding out the remaining teams fighting for the title are Oklahoma City (4/1), Los Angeles (9/1), Brooklyn (25/1), Golden State (40/1), Memphis (66/1), Toronto (66/1), Dallas (75/1), Atlanta (250/1) and Charlotte (1000/1).
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The Florida Gators' last loss came back on December 2 against the Connecticut Huskies.
The Gators followed that loss up with solid wins over Kansas and Memphis that began their current 20-game winning streak. With seniors Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin leading a talented young team, Florida looks to have the right combination of experience and talent to make a deep run this year.
In addition to taking over the No. 1 spot in the polls this week, Florida also has the top spot on the March Madness betting odds at 5/1 to win the championship.
The Syracuse Orange (15/2 to win the NCAA Tournament) have not been sharp in the second half of February, narrowly escaping with wins against North Carolina State and Maryland and losing to Boston College and Duke.
Still, Syracuse's recent slump shouldn't erase a 25-0 SU start to the season, and if the Orange can re-find their form they could still make a deep run.
With Tuesday night's win over Bradley, the Wichita State Shockers became the first team in college basketball history to start a regular season off 30-0 SU. Wichita State's soft competition makes the Shockers a hard team to gauge, but it looks pretty clear at this point that last year's Final Four run was no fluke.
The Shockers are going off at 12/1 on the latest March Madness odds to win it all.
Duke (8/1), Kansas (8/1), and Kentucky (14/1) are all contenders thanks to their incredible collections of young talent. Duke seems to be rounding into form just in time for the tournament with a 10-2 SU and 8-3-1 ATS record over its last 12 games including a 66-60 win over Syracuse last Saturday.
Bettors looking for value on the March Madness odds may find some in Michigan State (17/2) or Arizona (11/1). Neither team has been in great form recently with Arizona losing two of its last four games on the road and Michigan State going 5-5 SU and ATS over its last 10 games.
But despite that, both of these teams are built for tournament success, and could win the Championship when on their games.
Other potential contenders from top sportsbooks on the March Madness betting lines include Wisconsin (22/1), Creighton (25/1), Michigan (25/1), Virginia (25/1), and Villanova (28/1).
The Texas Longhorns are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS over their last five home games and 5-1 ATS in their past six games against Big 12 rival Baylor.
After losing two straight on the road, Texas will try to get back on track at home Wednesday night hosting the Bears. Texas was a 4-point favorite in Wednesday night's game in early Big 12 basketball betting.
From January 11 to February 4, Texas went on an impressive 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS run that included outright upsets over West Virginia and Baylor on the road and an upset of Kansas at home.
But since that stretch, the Longhorns have lost some momentum with a 2-3 SU and ATS mark with an ugly 85-54 loss on Saturday on the road against Kansas. Texas has failed to make a statement over its recent road tests, but has another shot to pick up an impressive win Wednesday night.
Baylor's Big 12 schedule got off to a disastrous start as the Bears went 2-8 SU and ATS through their first 10 games of conference play. But this month, Baylor appears to have things on track, entering Wednesday's game on a 4-0 SU and 3-0-1 ATS run that was highlighted by an 88-75 road win over West Virginia last Saturday.
Since starting the season off 2-3 SU and 0-5 ATS on the road, Baylor is 3-1 SU and ATS over its last four road tilts.
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On paper, these two teams are very evenly matched. Texas scores 76 points per game to Baylor's 75.9, Texas averages 41.9 rebounds per game to Baylor's 39.5, and the Longhorns allow 71 PPG compared to Baylor's 68.6.
The numbers suggest that this should be a close battle, but the last one wasn't as the Longhorns went into Baylor and defeated the Bears 74-60. The two teams are 3-3 SU against each other over their last six meetings, but Texas holds a 5-1 ATS edge in those games.
The total has gone OVER in four of the last five games between Baylor and Texas and in four of Baylor's last five games overall as well.
Considering the offensive makeup of both of these teams, another shootout in this series wouldn't come as a surprise.
In a potential NBA Finals preview, the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat are visiting the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won nine straight at home and come in after a week of rest after winning three straight heading into the All-Star break.
Though the Heat are just 6-6 in this series since the Thunder relocated from Seattle, they will always have a mental edge on Oklahoma City because they won their first championship with the current makeup of the teams in 2012 against Kevin Durant and company. That's huge in the NBA for those looking to bet on NBA games.
Confidence tends to prevail in the NBA, and because the Thunder shredded Miami in the last meeting, they'll have plenty of backbone for this one, on their own court. OKC has the best record in the league and will be out to establish its overall presence with a season sweep of the champs.
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As much as it makes sense to pull the trigger on the home team, the right side of this game is the road dog, as the Miami Heat are 16-4 against Western Conference teams and are treating this season-long, six-game junket as a indicator to where they're at right now.
Miami has won four of the first five on its west coast tour, including a win over the L.A. Clippers. Now, with plenty of rest, and a clash of the league's best players, look for LeBron James and the Heat to prevail here.
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A collection of the sharpest shooters in the land put their skills on display at the NBA Three-Point Shoot, Saturday night down in New Orleans, part of All-Star weekend's activities.
And since it's on TV, ya know, we're thinking about betting on it.
Golden State's Stephen Curry is the most renowned long-range bomber in the land at the moment, but the best doesn't always win in situations like this. Might bettors find value elsewhere in this contest?
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Curry, of course, was the favorite at odds of 2/1. The former Davidson star has been in full “bombs-away” mode this season; Wednesday night he shot four-for-four from beyond the arc against Miami; a couple of days before that he went six-for-nine from long range against Philly; and a couple of weeks ago he went eight-for-13 against the Jazz.
Last year Curry, while setting a new league record for 3-pointers made, averaged 7.7 three-point attempts per game; this year he's got that up to 8.2. However, his 3-point shooting percentage is down, from 45 percent last year to 41.5 percent this season.
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Still, without a hand in his face, 3-pointers might seem like free-throws to Curry Saturday night.
Minnesota's Kevin Love, who won the 3-point contest two years ago in Orlando, was the second choice at 4/1.
Cleveland G Kyrie Irving, the contest's defending champion after winning last year in Houston, came next at 11/2.
Orlando's Arron Afflalo, who's shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc this season, followed at 5/1.
Portland’s Damian Lillard, slated to participate in five events this weekend, including the All-Star game Sunday night, and San Antonio's Marco Belinelli, who leads all contestants this season in 3-point accuracy at a shade under 45 percent, were both lined at 6/1.
Washington's Bradley Beal, who shooting 43 percent from long range this year, was lined at 15/2, and Brooklyn's Joe Johnson (39 percent) completed the field at 10/1.
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