The new basketball season is now well and truly under way and based on the games that have been played thus far, the bookies have not changed their outright championship prices much at all. Over at betfair.com, it’s the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers who head the betting for the 2014/15 NBA Championship at odds of 3/1. David Blatt’s side have won three and lost three of their first six games and currently sit in second place in the Central Division behind the Chicago Bulls. The Cavs have invested a lot into this new campaign and the appointment of Blatt was one of the biggest coups of the off-season. Having been named 2014 Euroleague Coach of the Year, David Blatt’s signature was one of the most sought after in the NBA and he is sure to get the Cleveland Cavaliers in shape and make a sustained challenge for the NBA title. The return of LeBron James was another huge positive for the Cavaliers and his presence on the court will undoubtedly give the team a lot more confidence. With other top class players also having joined during the off season, the Cleveland Cavaliers would appear to be worth favourites for the biggest prize in basketball.
Defending champions the San Antonio Spurs are well fancied to make a successful defence of the crown they won last season, and have been put in at odds of 7/2 by the odds compilers at Betfair. Two wins and three defeats have left the Spurs bottom of the South West Division, but there is little between all fives sides in the table at this relatively early stage. Having won their Division title for the last four years the San Antonio Spurs are one of the most consistent teams in the NBA and under Gregg Popovich, have achieved great things. The Spurs made the shock decision to appoint Becky Hammon as an assistant coach at the conclusion of the 2014 WNBA season, and she becomes the first full time female coach in NBA history. It will be interesting to see whether the arrival of Hammon has a big influence on the Spurs over the course of the season.
Having made a good start to the 2014/15 season with six victories in total including four on the road, the Chicago Bulls are definitely a leading contender for the NBA Championship. The Bulls were the dominant force in professional basketball during the nineties, but they have been unable to replicate that success in the nighties and beyond. Things have definitely taken a turn for the better as far as the Bulls are concerned over the past few seasons, and they have managed to win two of the last four division titles. Additions to the squad such as Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott will bolster options for Gar Forman and this team should be able to build on their positive start throughout the remainder of the 2014/15 NBA season.
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