The opening game of this new NBA season saw the defending champions, the San Antonio Spurs, involved in a truly enthralling match with the Dallas Mavericks. It ended up 100-101 in favour of the Spurs, and head coach Gregg Popovich will be delighted that his side got the defence of their title off to a winning start. The Spurs took a first point lead in the first quarter but were seriously overrun by their opponents in the second, being outscored by ten. A better end to the contest saw San Antonio sneak the win and should settle any nerves that existed in the camp following such a successful last campaign. Bookmaker Betfair have put the San Antonio Spurs in as their 4/1 second favourites to win the NBA Championship and on this evidence, the Spurs look set for another successful season.
Having seen major changes in the close season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the current market leaders in Betfair's NBA Championship market at odds of 3/1. The Cavs have a new head coach in the shape of David Blatt who arrives off the back of an extremely successful spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Having been named as Euroleague coach of the year for 2014, Blatt is one of the very best basketball coaches in the game today and is sure to make a huge impact in the NBA this coming season. Star player LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavalier in 2010, but has actually resigned this year to much excitement and fanfare. James will certainly improve the Cav's squad immensely and with the incoming Kevin Love, the Cavaliers now have arguably the best forward line in professional basketball today. American media have actually already dubbed James, Love and Kyrie Irving as 'The Big Three'.
Another well fancied side for this season's NBA Championship as far as the odds compilers at Betfair are concerned, is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder have won their Division title for the last four years in succession and are one of the most consistent teams in the NBA at the present time. Formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics, this side last won the NBA Championship in 1979 and that was the only time in their history that the Thunder have managed to win the prestigious crown. With a sustained period of good results and stability now under their belts, Scott Brooks' team should be a forced to be reckoned with and make the playoffs at the very worst during the 2014/15 season. Betfair make the Oklahoma City Thunder 13/2 shots to win what would be the second NBA Championship in their history this season.
After dominating the game during the 1990s, the Chicago Bulls have had limited success in the years that have followed. The Bulls' last Championship win came in 1998, and the their have been many false dawns since. Tom Thibodeau's arrival as head coach in 2010 did see an upturn in form for the Chicago Bulls however, and his four years in charge have definitely seen this side make steps in the right direction. Thibodeau has been given time to mould the Bulls into a side that can at least be competitive, and that is reflected in their Division title wins in 2011 and 2012. Having made some shrewd signings during the off season, the Chicago Bulls could well be popular with punters at betfair.com at their current price of 7/1.
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