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Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The National Basketball Association playoffs begin in just 10 days with the Miami Heat the solid odds-on 5-8 favorites to win their second straight championship with the Oklahoma City Thunder the second choice at 7-2 and with the San Antonio Spurs the third choice at 6-1. Every other playoff team is listed in double digits, including the red-hot New York Knicks who have won 13 straight and who are 25-1.

Miami (61-16) will close out the season with the best record in the NBA and that will give the Heat the home-court edge for the entire playoffs. They are 34-4 when playing in Miami this season - a rather formidable and intimidating number.

Even though the playoffs are just days away - they begin one week from this Saturday - two fierce battles continue to be played - the one between the Spurs (57-20) and the Thunder (57-21) for the top-seed in the Western Conference and the giant home-court edge that goes with it, and the battle between the Los Angeles Lakers (41-37) and the Utah Jazz (41-37) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the west.

Both of those races figure to go right to the money, especially the San Antonio-Oklahoma City battle - because both teams have the ability and are primed to do it. The home-court advantage would be a tremendous edge for both, as their records reflect. The Spurs are 34-5 at home this season, the Thunder 33-6.

The Lakers will certainly go all in with four games to go - one tonight at Portland and then three straight at home to close out the season against Golden State, San Antonio and Houston - but they are so beat-up and tired they are no cinch to survive.

Utah has three games left. - Saturday at home against Minnesota, Sunday at Minnesota and then at Memphis Wednesday, the final day of the regular NBA season. The Jazz, like the Lakers, are no cinch to march through these games either, especially if Memphis is still battling for playoff positioning.

Odds To Win The NBA Championship

Here are the odds to win the NBA championship as posted at the Super Book at the Las Vegas Hotel. All teams listed have either already qualified for the playoffs or are still alive for a spot. The first number is the futures lien at which each team opened, followed by current odds.

Team Open Current
Miami Heat 5-2 5-8
Oklahoma City 5-2 7-2
San Antonio Spurs 7-1 6-1
Los Angeles Clippers 30-1 20-1
Denver Nuggets 30-1 25-1
Memphis Grizzlies 30-1 25-1
New York Knicks 60-1 25-1
Chicago Bulls 5-1 30-1
Indiana Pacers 20-1 30-1
Brooklyn Nets 200-1 50-1
Los Angeles Lakers 12-1 50-1
Boston Celtics 20-1 60-1
Golden State Warriors 100-1 60-1
Houston Rockets 100-1 75-1
Utah Jazz 100-1 100-1
Atlanta Hawks 60-1 200-1
Milwaukee Bucks 100-1 300-1
Dallas Mavericks 15-1 1000-1

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Tuesday, April 9
4/9...25 Units...Braves (-160) 3, Marlins 2 (Win)
4/9...5 Units...Royals (-150) 7, Twins 4 (Win)
$100 Players Won $3,000...$10 Bettors $300

Monday, April 8
4/8...10 Units...Braves (-159) 2, Marlins 0 (Win)
4/8...5 Units...Cardinals (-113) 4, Reds 13 (Lose)
$100 Players Won $435...$10 Bettors $43.50

Sunday, April 7
4/7...25 Units...Athletics (-158) 9, Astros 3 (Win)
4/7...5 Units...Cubs (+130) 1, Braves 5 (Lose)
$100 Bettors Won $1,850...$10 Bettors $185

Saturday, April 6
4/6...10 Units...Tigers (-1.5 Runs +110) 8, Yankees 4 (Win)
4/6...5 Units...Rays (-162) 6, Indians 0 (Win)
$100 Bettors Won $1,500...$10 Bettors $150

Friday, April 5
4/5...10 Units...Mets (-150) 5, Marlins 7 (Lose)
4/5...5 Units...Athletics (-145) 8, Astros 4 (Win)
$100 Bettors Lost $1,000...$10 Bettors $100

Thursday, April 4
4/4...10 Units...Nationals (-1.5 Runs -120) 6, Marlins 1 (Win)
4/4...5 Units...Phillies (+120) 2, Braves 0 (Win)
$100 Bettors Won $1,500...$10 Bettors $150

Wednesday, April 3
4/3...10 Units...Giants-Dodgers Over 7 Runs (Win)
4/3...5 Units...Nationals (-1.5 Runs -120) 3, Marlins 0 (Win)
$100 Bettors Won $1,500...$10 Bettors $150

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