- Dave Tuley, ESPN Insider
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.
Dave Tuley takes a look at how the 2013-14 NBA title odds have changed during the summer in the wake of free agency and where the betting value lies.