These days, the Miami Heat may be playing as well as any team has over the past five seasons. They've won 11 straight games and 16 out of 18, leaving carnage in their wake and dashing playoff hopes as they've run roughshod over teams in both conferences.
Of course, regular-season success is no barometer for postseason glory. And despite the fact that they haven't lost since Feb. 1, Miami still only boasts the NBA's third-best record.
All of that matters little to the oddsmakers: Bovada has the Heat as the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title, and the smart money says that they'll bring yet another parade to Biscayne Boulevard. But there's plenty of time before a king is crowned in the NBA this season, and there are a few teams who are planning coronations of their own.