NBA Odds: Contenders clash when Heat host Spurs

The reigning champion Miami Heat will take on the most decorated team in the NBA this century when LeBron James and company play host to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. With NBA odds as strong as ever, the Heat and Spurs make up two of the sportsbook’s most popular – and reliable – betting options.

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Currently leading the NBA futures with 19/10 odds of winning the championship, the Heat have emerged as the team to beat in 2012-13. Considering all they’ve been through over the course of the past two seasons, it’s no surprise why.

With James back at full health and two years of experience under their collective belts, the Miami Dynasty – if there is, in fact, going to be one – is about to enter full swing.

Serving as the intriguing alternative to the Big Three, however, is the veteran corps that’s helped guide the Spurs to consistent success since the late-1990s. The NBA betting community knows not to sleep on Tim Duncan and the Spurs, yet some continue to do so anyway.

With 12/1 NBA odds the Spurs are far from write-offs, but compared to the higher profile names that sit ahead of them in the eyes of oddsmakers – largely unproven teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers – they have a long way to go before winning over the majority of casual fans and bettors.

Might an inter-conference win over the No. 1 team in the sportsbook convince their doubters that the San Antonio Spurs have at least one more title shot left in them?

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