Best 2013-14 NBA title value bets

Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers among the top NBA title bets

Updated: October 29, 2013, 4:11 PM ET
By Dave Tuley | ESPN Insider

LeBron James, Derrick Rose, and Paul GeorgeUSA TODAY Sports, Getty ImagesThe Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers are all good title bets.
LAS VEGAS -- The NBA season tips off Tuesday night, and the news regarding the odds to win the title is that there isn't much news (especially among the top contenders).

When the Miami Heat wrapped up their second straight title on June 20, they were made the 7-4 favorite (expressed plus-175 as a money line) at the LVH SuperBook. As you can see by the chart below, by the time the schedule was released Aug. 6, they had been bumped up a notch to 2-1, not as much because their chances of a three-peat had lessened but to entice bettors to tie up their money for the better part of 10 months.

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