The halfway mark of the 2012-13 NBA season is as good a time as any to reassess the big picture of contenders for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder are back in the eye of the storm, as most expected coming into the campaign. Granted, the defending champs aren't setting the basketball world ablaze to the extent that the Thunder are, but the Heat are thus far milking the benefit of the doubt given on account of their 2012 title.
The San Antonio Spurs remain in the mix and, as always, hardly a peep has been heard about their long-term prospects. The Memphis Grizzlies have fallen into a similar category since their torrid start, though trade rumors regarding Rudy Gay have since thrust them back into the spotlight.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks appear to have supplanted the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in the discussion in their respective conferences. However, the Lakers and the C's have both shown signs of life of late—the latter more so than the former.
For a look at where all these teams stand as of mid-January, we turn to the "sages" of Las Vegas (via bovada.lv) to reset the NBA title race.
Note: All statistics and odds are accurate as of January 18th, 2013.