- The Miami Heat are currently sitting with a 42-22 record and are in first place in the Eastern Conference.
- The Miami Heat have +1000 odds to win the NBA Finals.
- The Heat opened up the season with +2500 odds to win the Finals.
MIAMI – The Miami Heat have continued to prove their doubters wrong and are running away with the top-seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami currently sits with a 42-22 record overall this season which is 2.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in second place.
Although the Heat are the best team in the Eastern Conference in terms of their record right now, legal online sportsbooks might have a different idea. The Heat have the sixth shortest odds to win the Finals right now at +1000 and sit behind three Eastern Conference teams in the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Milwaukee Bucks.
2022 NBA Finals Odds
- Phoenix Suns +375
- Golden State Warriors +400
- Brooklyn Nets +600
- Philadelphia 76ers +600
- Milwaukee Bucks +750
- Miami Heat +1000
- Utah Jazz +2000
- Boston Celtics +2200
- Memphis Grizzlies +2500
- Chicago Bulls +3000
Will History Repeat Itself For Miami?
While the Heats 42-22 record might not ring a bell for many, it should to the Heat Lifers as in the last five seasons that Miami has gone 41-21 or better, they have either made it to or won the NBA Finals. The trend started in 2006 when they went 52-30 behind Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal and won the team’s first NBA title. They also opened up the season with +350 odds to win the championship.
It continued on into the “Big 3” era behind Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh where they made it to four straight NBA Finals and won two of them from the 2010-11 season to 2013-14. In 2011 they finished 58-24 in, 2012 they went 46-20 in the shortened season, 66-15 in 2013, and 54-28 in 2014. As for their odds, they each opened up as the favorites at +175, +225, +225, and +200 in that order.
In 2019-2020, although the Heat finished with a worse record of 44-29, they did make it to the finals and lost after opening the preseason odds at +6000.
With Miami having +1000 NBA odds right now and surpassing the 41-21 record, it is a great opportunity to get in on them winning the finals and keeping this trend alive. They have all the making of a championship-caliber team right now as they are a top-5 team on defense and in the top half of the league on offense.
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Samuel has been writing professionally for 4 years. He comes from a sports writing background where he enjoys writing mostly about basketball and football both professional and collegiate. He is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he majored in Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. During his free time, you can find him watching or playing sports as well as playing videogames and listening to music.