Now that each of the 16 teams comprising the 2014 NBA playoffs have a game in the books, some are one step closer to earning a berth in the finals. Others, however, have some ground to make up.
Already we've witnessed some fantastic finishes, upset victories, road wins and blowouts. Like always, the NBA playoffs have no shortage of drama or intrigue.
While these teams continue on their long, arduous journeys through the postseason, oddsmakers are hard at work determining championship odds for each franchise involved.
Let's take a look at the updated playoffs bracket and odds for each team to come away with the title.
The complete 2014 NBA playoffs bracket can be found on ESPN.com.
|2014 NBA Playoffs: Championship Odds|
|San Antonio Spurs||3-1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||19-5|
|Los Angeles Clippers||10-1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||50-1|
|Golden State Warriors||60-1|
Despite limping into the playoffs, the Miami Heat are still the oddsmakers' favorite to go the distance.
This team is extremely talented when healthy; however, that's been a serious issue for Miami through the season. Dwyane Wade only played in 54 games this year, and his health will be a huge determining factor as to how this team will fare in the postseason.
With little surprise, the San Antonio Spurs come in with very favorable odds as well.
Boasting the regular season's best record, the Spurs have been on a tear all year long. A well-rounded team, San Antonio continues to display prowess on both ends of the court. The team continues to play at a high level, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 in Game 1.
The Oklahoma City Thunder's high-octane offense makes them one of the favorites as well.
After defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 in Game 1, the Thunder continue to roll thanks to the efforts of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. This is a very young team, and it will have to work as a unit if Durant is to secure his first NBA title.
A sleeper to watch could very well be the Brooklyn Nets.
A solid team from the perimeter, the Nets went on a great late-season surge to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Nets are currently one game up on the Toronto Raptors and figure to play the Heat—Brooklyn holds a 4-0 regular-season record against Miami—in the second round.
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