Oddsmaker Sets Blazers At 40/1 To Win 2014 NBA Title

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The Portland Trail Blazers are a 40/1 shot to win the 2014 NBA Finals, according to one oddsmaking service.

The Portland Trail Blazers are a 40/1 shot to win the 2014 NBA Finals, according to oddsmaking service Bovada.LV.

Portland is tied with the Chicago Bulls for the ninth-best odds among the 16 playoff teams and gives Portland the sixth-best odds among Western Conference teams. Portland is also given 18/1 odds to win the Western Conference.

In case you're curious, the Blazers opened the season as 150/1 odds to win the championship.

Portland's first-round playoff opponent, the Houston Rockets, have 20/1 odds, which puts them sixth overall and fourth among Western Conference teams.

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs -- the 2013 Eastern and Western Conference champions, respectively -- will enter the 2014 Playoffs as the top two title favorites.

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Update: The series odds...

Portland Trail Blazers (Series Prices) +180 (9/5)
Houston Rockets (Series Prices) - 220 (5/11)

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Here's the full list.

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship
Miami Heat 2/1
San Antonio Spurs 3/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 4/1
Indiana Pacers 6/1
Los Angeles Clippers 9/1
Houston Rockets 20/1
Brooklyn Nets 25/1
Golden State Warriors 28/1
Chicago Bulls 40/1
Portland Trail Blazers 40/1
Dallas Mavericks 66/1
Memphis Grizzlies 66/1
Toronto Raptors 66/1
Washington Wizards 150/1
Atlanta Hawks 250/1
Charlotte Bobcats 250/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference
San Antonio Spurs 3/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 2/1
Los Angeles Clippers 9/2
Houston Rockets 9/1
Golden State Warriors 14/1
Portland Trail Blazers 18/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
Memphis Grizzlies 33/1

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference
Miami Heat 2/3
Indiana Pacers 2/1
Brooklyn Nets 9/1
Chicago Bulls 12/1
Toronto Raptors 20/1
Washington Wizards 50/1
Charlotte Bobcats 75/1
Atlanta Hawks 100/1

Be sure to check out Dave's in-depth previews here and here. I wrote a series preview right here. Rockets/Blazers schedule information is right here.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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