Pistons Favored to Win NBA Championships - Saturday 20th of May 2006

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao –- Now that the regularseason has ended and the playoffs are set to begin this weekend,PinnacleSports.com has released odds on what team will win the NBA andconference championships.

The top seed in the East and owner of the league's best record, theDetroit Pistons have been made the favorite to win the NBA Championship at11/10 odds (i.e., win $11 for every $10 bet). PinnacleSports.com lists thedefending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs with the second-best odds torepeat this year at 3/1 odds followed by the Dallas Mavericks at 9/1. TheShaq and Dwayne Wade-led Miami Heat have been installed at 10/1, while thePhoenix Suns are 11/1 to take home the title.

PinnacleSports.com has made the New Jersey Nets 19/1 to win thechampionship, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers (39/1), Los AngelesLakers (60/1) and Sacramento Kings (60/1). Despite earning the third seedin the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets find themselves as 62/1 longshots to win the NBA title, because they do not have home court advantagein their first round match-up versus the Clippers. The odds also don't lookgood for LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers who are 62/1 to capture thechampionship. The Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers also find themselvesas large underdogs to win the league title at 85/1 odds. Three of thelowest-seeded teams in the Eastern Conference the Chicago Bulls (120/1),Washington Wizards (130/1), and Milwaukee Bucks (175/1), have beeninstalled as the biggest long shots to win the championship this year.

In the West, the top-seeded Spurs are overwhelming 5/7 favorites to winthe conference championship followed by Dallas at 4/1 and Phoenix at 9/2.PinnacleSports.com has made Detroit huge 2/7 favorites in the EasternConference with the Heat (9/2) and Nets (8/1) presenting the biggestchallenge to the Pistons.

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