The Heat are favourites to make it back-to-back championships but who can stop them?
A quick glance at any major bookmakers odds for the NBA Championship 2013 and you’ll more often than not see Miami Heat installed as comfortable favourites.
Boasting Mr. MVP in LeBron James, along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to name but a few of the superstars on their roster, it is difficult to question their status and odds.
Taking a closer look at their rivals though, who can stop the Heat?
5. New York Knicks
The Knicks have enjoyed a great season so far, with the All-Star break coming at the perfect time following a slight slump in form.
Led by the scoring of Carmelo Anthony who continues to post big numbers on a nightly basis, they have been formidable and pretty exciting from three-point range with the likes of Anthony, J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd and Steve Novak drilling threes for fun.
With Amare Stoudemire working his way back to fitness and Tyson Chandler dominating the boards, all looks promising for New York. However, there are still question marks over whether they can keep up their early season form not only across the entire season but when it really matters in the play-offs.