Best bets for NBA championship

Multiple teams from the West have emerged as worthwhile value plays

Updated: February 17, 2014, 12:43 PM ET
By Dave Tuley | ESPN Insider

Pacers vs. HeatSteve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsThe Pacers and Heat are the class of the East, but are they a good value for a title bet?

LAS VEGAS -- It's the NBA All-Star break, but don't get fooled into calling it the halfway point of the season, as most teams have played nearly two-thirds of their regular-season games.

The playoffs are already coming into focus, as we have a relatively short stretch run to sort out the seeds in each conference. The chart below shows how the oddsmakers and bettors at the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook see the teams shaping up in regard to their future-book odds.

Dave Tuley has covered the Las Vegas race and sports book scene since 1998 and runs his own website,