VIP.com has updated its NBA championship odds. We are past the halfway point in the season, and the great teams in the Western Conference have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Odds to win the NBA championship are in parenthesis.
1. Phoenix Suns, 36-9 (10:3)
The Suns had their 17 game winning streak snapped against Minnesota. It just goes to show that all good things must come to an end.
2. Dallas Mavericks, 37-9 (7:2)
Mark Cuban may be the most hated man in the NBA, but every fan secretly wishes he was the owner of their team.
3. San Antonio Spurs, 32-14 (17:4)
The Spurs are clearly behind the “Big Two”, but a trade for another scorer could put them back on top.
4. Detroit Pistons, 25-18 (11:1)
Chris Webber has been a very nice addition since coming over from Philadelphia, and he was cheap to boot.
5. Houston Rockets, 28-16 (12:1)
Center, Yao Ming is still weeks away from returning to the team, and Rockets fans can hardly wait.
6. Miami Heat, 20-25 (13:1)
Shaquille O’Neal is back with the team, but he needs to prove his knee is healthy to justify these odds.
7. Chicago Bulls, 26-19 (16:1)
Chicago starts a seven game West Coast trip tonight, and they have struggled mightily on the road this year (6-13).
8. LA Lakers, 27-18 (18:1)
Lamar Odom is back after missing 21 games with a knee injury, and he needs to play "Scottie Pippen" to Kobe Bryant’s "Michael Jordan".
9. Cleveland Cavaliers, 26-19 (20:1)
LeBron James is the oldest 22 year-old in the NBA, and at over 41 minutes per game, he is aging rapidly.
10. Utah Jazz, 29-17 (20:1)
Imagine how good this team would be if forward Andrei Kirilenko wasn’t having such a bad season.
11. Denver Nuggets, 22-20 (25:1)
Denver won their first two games with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson together in the line-up, but they have since lost three straight.
12. Washington Wizards, 27-17 (30:1)
Washington has the best record in the Eastern Conference, but these odds are not a reflection of that.
13. Orlando Magic, 23-22 (30:1)
The Magic have lost eight of their last nine games, but this has been a streaky team all year, and they have another good run in them.
14. New Jersey Nets, 22-23 (35:1)
Losing Richard Jefferson indefinitely on top of Nenad Krstic is a one-two blow that is hard to recover from.
15. Indiana Pacers, 24-21 (60:1)
The NFL’s Colts are taking up all the headlines in Indianapolis, but this team is more interesting since their big trade with Golden State.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves, 22-22 (80:1)
Minnesota sits exactly at .500, and is currently fighting with the LA Clippers for the final playoff spot in the West.
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