Re: 2012-13 NBA Preview ESPN make their NBA champions picks
The reason why Miami are the favourites because they should have a piss easy time making it out of the East into the Finals. While the Lakers, IMO, are clearly the most talented team out West, they have tougher competition.
Miami isn't going to have play anyone as good as the Thunder or Spurs on their way. I'd be shocked if Miami isn't in the finals. If the Lakers don't make it, I'd be surprised but nothing too shocking given the talented teams in the West.