Orlando is also given a shot to win the title but they have to get past Cleveland in the Eastern Conference.
NBA futures and props list Cleveland as the 6-5 favorite to win it all with the Lakers a close second at 8-5. The Cavaliers finished the season with the best record in the NBA and they will have home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Cavs were the top team this season even though Shaquille O'Neal missed 28 games. Delonte West missed 22 games this season. Even Mo Williams missed 12 games. It hasn’t mattered though as LeBron James had another MVP season. The Cavaliers did trade for Antawn Jamison and his addition has made them more balanced. Usually the offense for Cleveland is all about LeBron. That is still the case on most nights but Jamison is capable of providing scoring and rebounding. Head coach Mike Brown has fit Jamison into the lineup and he also has found playing time for Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson. The Cavaliers have LeBron and a lot of other players who can make an impact.
Cleveland is not expected to have much trouble in the early rounds of the playoffs in basketball futures and props. Most people are predicting a Cleveland-Orlando final in the Eastern Conference. What should be noted though is that Cleveland was expected to roll into the NBA Finals a year ago and they were upset by Orlando. The Eastern Conference has some talented teams that could poise a problem for Cleveland. Miami has Dwyane Wade and they are playing their best basketball of the season. Atlanta is a young team that has a lot of talent and they are capable of winning. And not to be left out of the discussion is Boston. The Celtics are still capable of beating anyone on a given night. Whether they can win a long seven-game series against the Cavaliers is in question but anything is possible. And Orlando looks better than they were a year ago when they beat the Cavaliers and made the NBA Finals. Cleveland is the favorite in NBA futures and props but it may not be a cakewalk to the NBA Finals.