NBA Finals Betting: Heat vs Spurs
The NBA Finals matchup is set, and it's a good one, with plenty of basketball betting options beyond the point spread and total.
In one corner, wearing the white trunks with flame-red trim, from beautiful South Beach, we have the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
In the other corner, in the black trunks with the silver trim, we've got the four-time champs, the veteran crew from Alamo City, the San Antonio Spurs.
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But since Game 1 won't be played until Thursday night, that gives us a couple of days with little more to do than get down on some of NBA Finals prop betting action.
The early wagering has been heavily on the Spurs at 62% according to the Odds Shark NBA consensus data. Miami is favored by 5.5 points at most shops, including Bovada.
Here's a quick look at a few of the NBA championship series props online sportsboooks are offering earlier this week.
To begin with, for this NBA championship series Miami was chalked as a -240 favorite, with the underdog Spurs getting +200.
Breaking that bet down a bit, the odds on a Heat sweep of the Spurs sat at 7/1, while a San Antonio sweep was lined at 18/1.
A Miami win in seven games was being offered at 10/3, while a seven-game San Antonio victory could be bet at 7/1.
And the OVER/UNDER on the number of games this series will go was proffered at 5.5 (over -190/under +155).
Considering this series should be close, could well go seven games, and may involve several close contests, the +250 price on any Finals game going into overtime seems tempting. San Antonio has already played four overtime games in these playoffs.
Bettors can also get odds of 7/1 on someone tossing in a game-winning “buzzer-beater” in this NBA championship series.
Miami's LeBron James was the clear favorite on the NBA championship series MVP board at a price of -225. San Antonio's Tony Parker came next at +450, followed by teammate Tim Duncan at +700, Heat G Dwyane Wade at +800, Chris Bosh and Manu Ginobili both at +2000, Spurs F Kawhi Leonard at +3000 and “Birdman” Andersen at +9900.
Finally, with an eye on the possibility of something fractious happening, a “yes” on a flagrant foul being called in this series was lined at a price of -175, with “no” getting +145, while the price of any player getting suspended during this series sat at +600.
NBA Finals Odds - Props San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat - courtesy of Bovada
San Antonio Spurs (Series Price) +200
Miami Heat (Series Price) -240
NBA Finals MVP
LeBron James 4/9 (-225)
Dwyane Wade 8/1 (+800)
Chris Bosh 20/1 (+2000)
Chris Andersen 99/1 (+9900)
Any other Heat Player 35/1 (+3500)
Tony Parker 9/2 (+450)
Tim Duncan 7/1 (+700)
Manu Ginobili 20/1 (+2000)
Kawhi Leonard 30/1 (+3000)
Any Other Spurs Player 30/1 (+3000)
Exact Series Result
Miami Heat 4-0 7/1 (+700)
Miami Heat 4-1 19/4 (+475)
Miami Heat 4-2 11/4 (+275)
Miami Heat 4-3 10/3 (+333)
San Antonio Spurs 4-0 18/1 (+1800)
San Antonio Spurs 4-1 17/2 (+850)
San Antonio Spurs 4-2 7/1 (+700)
San Antonio Spurs 4-3 7/1 (+700)
Total Games in Series
Over 5.5 10/19 (-190)
Under 5.5 31/20 (+155)
Will there be a Flagrant Foul in the 2013 NBA Championship?
Yes 4/7 (-175)
No 29/20 (+145)
Will Any Game Go To Overtime in the 2013 NBA Championship?
Yes 5/2 (+250)
No 4/13 (-325)
Where will the series be decided?
AT&T Center, San Antonio 31/20 (+155)
American Airlines Arena, Miami 10/19 (-190)
How Many Points will the series winner average in the finals?
Over / Under 97.5
Will there be a Game winning Buzzer Beater in the 2013 NBA Championship?
Yes 7/1 (+700)
No 1/15 (-1500)
Average Points Per Game - LeBron James
Average Rebounds Per Game - LeBron James
Average Assists Per Game - LeBron James
Will Lebron James Record a Triple Double in the 2013 NBA Championship?
Yes 2/1 (+200)
No 5/13 (-260)
Average Points Per Game - Dwyane Wade
Over/ Under 17
Average Assists Per Game - Dwyane Wade
Over/ Under 5
Average Points Per Game - Chris Bosh
Over/ Under 14.5
Average Rebounds Per Game - Chris Bosh
Over/ Under 6.5
Average Points Per Game – Tony Parker
Average Assists Per Game – Tony Parker
Average Points Per Game – Tim Duncan
Average Rebounds Per Game – Tim Duncan
Who will average more Points Per Game in the 2013 NBA Championship
Kawhi Leonard 19/10 (+190)
Manu Ginobili21/10 (+210)
Danny Green 5/2 (+250)
Tiago Splitter 3/1 (+300)
Highest 1 Game Point Total in the 2013 NBA Championship
Will any Player be suspended during the 2013 NBA Championship?
Yes 6/1 (+600)
No 1/10 (-1000)