Found October 10, 2012 on Unathletic:
According to Bovada (an online sportsbook), the Miami Heat are 9/4 favorites to win the 2013 NBA Championship. The Los Angeles Lakers are pinned at 5/2, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are third at 5/1 odds.
So there you have it – The Miami Heat are favored to win the NBA Championship next year. Something tells me they’ll be favored to win the NBA Championship the year after, and the year after… Alright, maybe I shouldn’t be that aggressive. However, it’s easy to find 5 reasons why the Miami Heat could be looking at a Bulls-like run over the next couple of years.
Hate it or love it – be prepared for it because of the following reasons….

5.) Veterans Who Want to Win Are Going There

Ray Allen isn’t the veteran who hasn’t won and wants to win. He’s the sellout that wants to win again. Just kidding. However, experienced veterans who can help teams that want to win will surely look to Miami. That’s going to give the team an advantage every year.
4.) Lebron has his Pippen

I don’t like Dwyane Wade. He became to Hollywood for me. However, one thing that he has done that is going to be great for the Miami Heat is the fact he’s accepted the role as second fiddle to Lebron James. The team looks more like a team and less like the three stars that first came to Miami.
3.) The Eastern Conference is Lackluster

Of the top 10 teams favored to win in 2013, 4 of them are from the Eastern Conference (the Miami Heat being one of them). The other three teams are the Celtics, Bulls, and Nets. Forget about the Celtics and Nets. The Bulls are the only legit threat. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s one legit threat to get to the Eastern Conference. You see…
2.) The Ages are Aligned

The final two reasons all have to do with Lebron James, obviously. Lebron is 27-years old. Michael was 28-years old when he won his first title. The stars are aligned….
1.) Lebron James is Reborn

I’ve disliked Lebron James ever since ‘The Decision’. However, as times are moving on I’m beginning to like Lebron more and more. He’s changed. He’s become a real leader. He’s closer to Michael than he’s ever been and because of that he’s going to continue to put the Heat in opportunities to win. I hate to say it, but Lebron has grown on me.

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