Miami Now The Favorite To Win 2011 NBA Title

Millions tuned in to watch Lebron James end his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and start anew with the Miami Heat, live on ESPN. The Heat hit the free agent jackpot by signing both James and fellow free agent Chris Bosh. Those huge landings have caused a shift of power not only in the NBA’s Eastern Division but the NBA as a whole. The Miami Heat is now the favorite to win the 2011 NBA Title, not the L.A. Lakers who are the NBA’s reigning champs.

With the following announcement, James changed the landscape of the National Basketball Association, “This fall I am going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat,” James said in an interview with ESPN. “I feel like it’s going to give me the best opportunity to win and to win now and to win in the future also. And not just win regular season games, but championships.”

To put things in perspective consider this, Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dewayne Wade were the 1st, 4th and 5th picks in the 2003 draft, respectively. Not only were these guys drafted high but they actually panned out. They are very good and in two cases, great players. Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) has made public the Miami Heat’s odds of winning the NBA Championship in 2011. They had given Miami 25/1 odds of winning the entire thing after the 2010 NBA finals. After James and Bosh signed on to the Heat, those odds fell to 6/1. “We will likely send out Miami as the favorite at 4/5 on Friday,” said Sean Van Patten of the LVSC.

The LVSC have given the L.A. Lakers, this year’s World Champion at 5/1. Their odds started at 7/2 after they won the championship, fell to 6/1 after they failed to land any big names and will offered at 5/1 on Friday. Van Patten believes the Heat will win 66 or 67 games. He went on to say, “You can’t stop all three guys every night, you’ve got to figure at least two of them each night are going to be on,” said Van Patten.

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