NBA Finals Picks: 2012 NBA Finals Predictions (As Of 4/27)

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Check out some of the best NBA Finals odds on the internet, as we make our picks for the teams with the best value right now to win it all. All NBA Championship odds courtesy of Sportbet Sportsbook!

Updated Odds To Win The 2012 NBA Championship (As Of 4/27/12)
Miami Heat +210
Chicago Bulls +350
Oklahoma City Thunder +400
San Antonio Spurs +450
Los Angeles Lakers +1400
Boston Celtics +2000
Memphis Grizzlies +2200
Los Angeles Clippers +2800
Indiana Pacers +3000
New York Knicks +3000
Dallas Mavericks +4500
Atlanta Hawks +6000
Denver Nuggets +7500
Philadelphia 76ers +15000
Utah Jazz +15000
Orlando Magic +20000

San Antonio Spurs (+450): It’s hard to believe that we are going to go against the Heat, Bulls, and Thunder, but in the end, we think that the Spurs have the best chance of the four big teams in the league to win the whole thing this year. They are the deepest team in basketball, and they have one of the best coached teams in the game as well with Head Coach Gregg Popovich calling the shots. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili give the team the veteran leadership that it needs, and there is just no way that this team is going to get bounced early from the playoffs for a second straight year against a team like the Memphis Grizzlies. We really, really like what the Spurs bring to the table this year for sure on the NBA Finals odds.

New York Knicks (+3000): The Knicks aren’t the best team in the world, but we think that they can give the Heat fits in the first round of the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony really has played like the league’s MVP over the course of the last month and a half or so, and Amare Stoudemire is back in the fold now as well. Iman Shumpert has become a clutch defensive player, and Steve Novak can hit shots from anywhere in the building. Tyson Chandler was the man that led to all of the upsets in the playoffs last year for the Mavericks with his defensive play. There is no doubt that the Knicks are in a better position to win the NBA title right now than they have been since Patrick Ewing was on the team.

Dallas Mavericks (+4500): The Mavs look to be pushovers with the way that they played at the end of the regular season. Yes, there are a lot of players that are no longer on this team from last year’s squad, and it really has to hurt to think that Dallas is going to be up against it once again this year. That being said, the Mavericks had the goods to beat the Thunder last year in a series in which the foes had the home court advantage, so why not do it again? Jason Terry can get on fire, and Dirk Nowitzki is still one of the best players in the entire league, so there is no reason to count the Mavs out at this point.

Orlando Magic (+20000): Okay, we promise that we aren’t certifiably insane. We do believe that Miami could be in some trouble in the first round of the playoffs, and if that ends up being the case, all of a sudden, Orlando looks like a team that might have a shot. Yes, there is no Dwight Howard in the fold, and we aren’t so naive as to think that this is one of the best teams in the league. That being said though, the Magic do have some big time shooters with Jameer Nelson, JJ Redick, Jason Richardson, and Ryan Anderson, and if Glen Davis can come up big in the paint just as he used to with the Boston Celtics from yesteryear, this could all of a sudden get a tad interesting. Remember that Indiana really played poorly against the Magic this year, winning just one of the four games. If the Magic and Knicks can somehow advantage, we might be talking about a team here that is 200 to 1 to win it all that is playing with nothing to lose and with home court advantage. All of the Dwight drama is officially gone, and the team knows that anything more than it accomplishes outside of a loss in about five games to the Pacers is gravy.

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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