- Dave Tuley, ESPN Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS – The NBA Finals ended less than two months ago (on June 20, the last official day of spring), but with the 2013-14 schedule coming out Tuesday, it's as good a time as any to look at how the future-book odds have changed so far this summer (table with full odds at the bottom).
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat were the 7-4 favorite (plus-175 expressed as a money line) to three-peat at the LVH SuperBook when they wrapped up their title and are still a solid 2-1 as of this week. The Oklahoma City Thunder -- with the expected return of Russell Westbrook from the knee injury that cut short his postseason -- are the second choice at 9-2, with the Chicago Bulls at 6-1 (down from 7-1 during betting this summer) and the San Antonio Spurs at 8-1 (raised from 7-1). But the biggest shifts in the futures have come from the teams that have made the most moves in trying to compete with those top contenders.
9hMarc Stein and Mike Mazzeo
4dIan O'Connor, ESPN Senior Writer