Love them or hate them, the Miami Heat are good for business in basketball betting circles and they open the 2013-2014 season as solid favorites to repeat as NBA champions.
Make that, three-peat as champions.
LeBron James et al are +250 on the NBA futures menu at shops such as Topbet.eu.
Oklahoma City is a fairly distant second betting choice at +650 with the San Antonio Spurs well back at 10-1.
The Los Angeles Clippers start their second straight season as a better NBA championship bet than the Lakers. They were +800, while the Chicago Bulls - hoping for a rebound season from Derrick Rose - are +900, according to Topbet.eu oddsmakers.
Check out the full list of NBA futures, including title odds, division futures and odds to win the Eastern and Western conferences.
And watch for season-opening NBA game lines, matchup reports and trends on every game every day, courtesy of OddsShark.com.
2013/2014 NBA Eastern Conference - Odds to Win
Atlanta Hawks 5,000 Boston Celtics 5,000
Brooklyn Nets 500 Charlotte Bobcats 25,000
Chicago Bulls 400 Cleveland Cavaliers 5,000
Detroit Pistons 3,500 Indiana Pacers 600
Miami Heat -120 Milwaukee Bucks 5,000
New York Knicks 1,200 Orlando Magic 20,000
Philadelphia 76ers 15,000 Toronto Raptors 5,000
Washington Wizards 5,000 . -111 Off
2013/2014 NBA Western Conference - Odds to Win
Dallas Mavericks 1,500 Denver Nuggets 1,500
Golden State Warriors 900 Houston Rockets 500
Los Angeles Clippers 400 Los Angeles Lakers 3,000
Memphis Grizzlies 1,200 Minnesota Timberwolves 5,000
New Orleans Pelicans 5,000 Oklahoma City Thunder 225
Phoenix Suns 20,000 Portland Blazers 5,000
Sacramento Kings 6,000 San Antonio Spurs 400
Utah Jazz 5,000 . -111 Off
2013-2014 NBA Atlantic Division - Odds to Win
Brooklyn Nets -160 New York Knicks 170
Toronto Raptors 1,000 Boston Celtics 6,000
Philadelphia 76ers 10,000
2013-2014 NBA Central Division - Odds to Win
Chicago Bulls -120 Indiana Pacers 130
Cleveland Cavaliers 1,800 Detroit Pistons 2,000
Milwaukee Bucks 10,000
2013-2014 NBA Southeast Division - Odds to Win
Miami Heat -10,000 Washington Wizards 1,500
Atlanta Hawks 2,000 Charlotte Bobcats 50,000
Orlando Magic 50,000
2013-2014 NBA Southwest Division - Odds to Win
San Antonio Spurs 120 Houston Rockets 160
Memphis Grizzlies 600 Dallas Mavericks 1,500
New Orleans Pelicans 2,000
2013-2014 NBA Northwest Division - Odds to Win
Oklahoma City Thunder -400 Denver Nuggets 600
Minnesota Timber Wolves 1,000 Portland Trail Blazers 1,500
Utah Jazz 10,000
2013-2014 NBA Pacific Division - Odds to Win
Los Angeles Clippers -350 Golden State Warriors 250
Los Angeles Lakers 2,500 Sacramento Kings 7,500
Phoenix Suns 50,000
2013/2014 NBA Championship - Odds to Win
Miami Heat 250 Oklahoma City Thunder 650
San Antonio Spurs 1,000 Chicago Bulls 900
Indiana Pacers 1,400 Los Angeles Clippers 800
Houston Rockets 1,200 Memphis Grizzlies 3,500
New York Knicks 2,500 Los Angeles Lakers 6,000
Golden State Warriors 1,800 Denver Nuggets 3,500
Dallas Mavericks 4,500 Boston Celtics 12,500
Brooklyn Nets 1,000 Atlanta Hawks 12,500
Minnesota Timberwolves 7,500 Portland Blazers 10,000
New Orleans Pelicans 10,000 Sacramento Kings 12,500
Cleveland Cavaliers 10,000 Washington Wizards 12,500
Toronto Raptors 12,500 Philadelphia 76ers 25,000
Milwaukee Bucks 12,500 Utah Jazz 12,500
Detroit Pistons 7,500 Phoenix Suns 30,000
Orlando Magic 50,000 Charlotte Bobcats 50,000
LeBron James may get all the ink and the accolades, but Tony Parker is getting all the wins.
TP led the way, once again, for his San Antonio Spurs in Thursday night's opening game of the NBA Championship series, tossing in 21 points, including the final two that iced the game, as the Spurs stole home-court advantage with a 92-88 victory in Miami.
San Antonio won outright Thursday as five-point road dogs, and while getting upwards of +185 on the Game 1 NBA basketball betting odds menu. It was the seventh time in eight games that the Spurs have won as an underdog of six or less points.
Suddenly, the Spurs have seen their price on their odds to win the NBA championship drop from the +200 range to as low as -120.
San Antonio trailed for much of Game 1, but of course, even going against the defending league champs, the Spurs are never out of anything.
They began the fourth quarter down by three points, but slowly, on the strength of some great defense, San Antonio took over, and held a six-point lead with four minutes to go.
Miami got within two points on a couple of James free-throws with 30 seconds to go, but with the shot clock running out - and we mean “running out” in the panic-stricken sense – Parker tossed in a leaner that provided the Spurs with the final winning cushion.
James posted a triple-double in Game 1, but “only” took 16 shots, the same amount taken by Chris Bosh. San Antonio wisely made James give up the ball on multiple occasions, and his Heat teammates just couldn't hit enough shots to make the Spurs change their defensive ways.
San Antonio outscored Miami 23-16 in the fourth quarter Thursday night; maybe that 10 days off between clinching the Western Conference title and Game 1 of the Finals helped.
Game 2 of this series will be played Sunday night (8 pm ET, ABC) also in Miami. In the early Game 2 betting most NBA betting outlets were listing the Heat at -6, with an OVER/UNDER of 188.
Bovada had the line at -5.5 as of Friday and OddsShark.com had 61% of the betting consensus on San Antonio.