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For the second time this season, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will relive the rivalry borne in last year’s Finals. Considering that it was LeBron James and company coming out on top in both the series last summer, and the December rematch earlier this season, it’s no wonder the NBA odds are once again in their favor.
With 7/4 odds of winning the NBA championship, and one of the most dominant players in the league playing at the top of his game, the Heat are as legitimate a force to be reckoned with as they’ve ever been – which is saying a lot.
Even while OKC sits neck and neck with the San Antonio Spurs atop the Western Conference standings, they’ve been noticeably handled by the Heat in the past. That’s why, while the Heat top the NBA futures, the Thunder sit in second place with 3/1 odds.
Since the Finals matchup last June, the Thunder haven’t exactly improved either – at least not on paper following the loss of James Harden in a preseason trade. Will young Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook ever have what it takes to come out on top?
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