Las Vegas Predicts Miami Heat as Third-Most Likely Team to Win Eastern Conference

Las Vegas Predicts Miami Heat as Third-Most Likely Team to Win Eastern Conference

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The Miami Heat will enter the 2015-16 season with championship aspirations, according to oddsmakers.

Despite the 2014-15 Heat finishing last season without a postseason appearance, this year’s squad will have high expectations following one of the better offseasons of any team in the league. According to offshore bookmaker, Miami is considered the eighth-most likely team to win the 2016 NBA Finals at 20-to-1 betting odds.

The most remarkable aspect is the increase in the Heat’s championship betting odds since the 2015 NBA Finals concluded in June. On June 17th, Miami had 33-to-1 odds before dipping down to 40-to-1 odds on July 6th. As of October 2nd, they obviously have made strides in terms of championship odds.

Presently speaking, the Heat are now the third-most favored team to win the Eastern Conference. The defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, are favored to repeat this season, while the Chicago Bulls are considered the second-most likely team to win the conference.

With one of the most well-rounded starting lineups in the NBA, and a bench that now features high-caliber players such as Amar’e Stoudemire and Gerald Green, along with rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson, the Heat have become a trendy pick to contend with the Cavaliers in the East this upcoming season.

While all of the preseason hoopla is a nice touch, the only thing that will matter is how this year’s squad actually performs on the court.

Heat Nation will have its first look at the 2015-16 Heat when they take on the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena this Sunday at 6 p.m. EST.
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