Win or lose in the 2014 NBA Finals, you would think the Miami Heat would be the hands down favorite to win next year if you’re betting on futures to win the 2015 NBA Finals.
The Spurs (62-20, 30-11 away) lead this year’s Finals over the Heat (54-28, 32-9 home) 2-1 following Tuesday’s 111-92 blowout win over Miami. But San Antonio is one of the oldest teams in the league, and likely won’t be the favorite to top next year’s NBA betting odds.
That said, the Miami Heat are technically the oldest team in the league top to bottom, and half their playoff rotation is older than 32.
And with potential free agency in the cards for the Heat’s top players, it’s uncertain what the future holds for the back-to-back champions.
So – at this moment – who does that leave at the favorites to win the NBA title next season?
With the uncertainty, I’d have to go with the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the Heat (averaging 30.3 years old) and Spurs (28.5) are two of the oldest teams in the NBA, the Thunder average just 26.3 years.
Then again, there’s been talk of Carmelo Anthony possibly going to Miami this week, which could make the Big 3 into a Big 4. The issue with the Heat still being they need a point guard to compete with the superstar point guards of the Spurs (Tony Parker) and Thunder (Russell Westbrook), as that has been Miami’s weakness thus far in the playoffs this season.
Just to make room for Anthony, the big three would all hae to opt out of their current contracts by the end of the month, to restructure their deals and allow for Anthony’s salary. That would also free them up to go elsewhere if they like, which would throws odds into more disarray.
So who do you think will be favored to win the NBA title in 2015? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
In the meantime, the Spurs are favored by five points to win upcoming Game 5, according to Top Bet.