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2012-13 NBA Championship Odds: Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers Projected Evenly

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The Heat and Lakers have identical odds of winning the NBA championship in 2012-13, according to the Vegas Insider projections. It's clear what the Lakers have been able to do this offseason, by signing-and-trading for Steve Nash before trading for Dwight Howard without giving up Pau Gasol, is being felt around the league.

Vegas Insider says both the Heat and Lakers have 11/5 odds to win. The young Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls are right behind them, while the Spurs round out the top five. It looks like Vegas is thinking along the lines of fans and experts alike -- that LA put itself in a position to return to the Finals for the first time in three years, while the Heat are on pace to get there for the third straight year. The odds are below the jump.

From Vegas Insider:

Miami Heat 11/5
Los Angeles Lakers 11/5
Oklahoma City Thunder 9/2
Chicago Bulls 10/1
San Antonio Spurs 15/1
Boston Celtics 25/1
Los Angeles Clippers 25/1
Indiana Pacers 30/1
Memphis Grizzlies 30/1
New York Knicks 30/1
Philadelphia 76ers 30/1
Denver Nuggets 40/1
Dallas Mavericks 40/1
Brooklyn Nets 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 60/1
Houston Rockets 100/1
Orlando Magic 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1
Portland Trail Blazers 100/1
Utah Jazz 100/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
New Orleans Hornets 100/1
Golden State Warriors 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
Toronto Raptors 100/1
Charlotte Bobcats 100/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Washington Wizards 100/1

Read more on the Heat at Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay. Head over to Silver Screen And Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles for more on the Lakers.

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