Miami Heat Are Early Favorites To Win 2012-13 NBA Championship

Fresh off their 2012 NBA championship, the Miami Heat are the favorites to repeat in 2013, according to the latest odds from Bovada. The Heat come in at 11/4 as of right now, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder (5/1), Chicago Bulls (6/1), Los Angeles Lakers (10/1) and San Antonio Spurs (10/1).

Obviously, it's early, and there are several mitigating factors. But if the Heat are to win the 2013 NBA championship, they would do well to follow the 10 steps spelled out by SB Nation's Tom Ziller. One key recommendation was to find someone who could guard bigger players.

Roy Hibbert almost felled Miami well before they got to the Finals. Indiana had its problems setting up Big Roy in the closing games of that series, but Hibbert was clearly something Miami was not equipped to deal with. Adding players to the Miami core will be extremely difficult, but the priority should be someone who can passably defend Hibbert, Joakim Noah, Brook Lopez and Dwight Howard.

As for the teams at the other end, the Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons bring up the rear, with identical 200/1 odds to win the title.

For more on the Heat, head over to Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay. ForThunder news and notes, visit Welcome To Loud City. And for news, analysis and everything else revolving around the NBA Playoffs, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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