Miami Heat open with 7th best odds to win Eastern Conference

MIAMI — The Heat believe they are a playoff team, and the oddsmakers agree.

The Bovada.lv offshore sports book has the Heat at 28-to-1 to win the Eastern Conference. That’s seventh among the 15 teams in the East behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-to-3), Boston Celtics (9-to-4), Washington Wizards (12-to-1), Milwaukee Bucks (16-to-1), Philadelphia 76ers (20-to-1) and Toronto Raptors (22-to-1).

James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat reacts to a second half play while playing the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 28, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Miami won the game 97-96. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs. Earlier in September, Bovada placed the over-under betting line for the Heat’s win total for the 2017-18 regular season at 43 1/2 games, which would have Miami as the sixth-best team in the East behind the Celtics, Cavaliers, Raptors, Wizards and Bucks.

The Heat also have the second-best odds to win the Southeast Division at 7-to-2, only behind the Washington Wizards.

Remember, the Heat did not make the playoffs last season after finishing with a 41-41 record. 11 players return from last year’s season-ending roster.

Here is a complete look at the conference odds …

2017-2018 Eastern Conference – Odds to Win
Cleveland Cavaliers 2/3
Boston Celtics 9/4
Washington Wizards 12/1
Milwaukee Bucks 16/1
Philadelphia 76ers 20/1
Toronto Raptors 22/1
Miami Heat 28/1
Detroit Pistons 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 100/1
Chicago Bulls 250/1
Indiana Pacers 250/1
New York Knicks 250/1
Atlanta Hawks 300/1
Brooklyn Nets 500/1
Orlando Magic 500/1

2017-2018 Western Conference – Odds to Win
Golden State Warriors 4/11
Oklahoma City Thunder 15/2
San Antonio Spurs 15/2
Houston Rockets 10/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 16/1
Denver Nuggets 66/1
Los Angeles Clippers 66/1
Los Angeles Lakers 66/1
New Orleans Pelicans 66/1
Portland Trail Blazers 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Memphis Grizzlies 150/1
Dallas Mavericks 200/1
Phoenix Suns 300/1
Sacramento Kings 300/1

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