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This is the series that the NBA wanted at the start of the playoffs. It’s a chance for the Miami Heat to repeat, and a chance for redemption for the San Antonio Spurs.
It’s almost more than that though.
LeBron James is seeking an opportunity to further his legacy against the greats of the NBA. James has been having a fantastic playoffs, but might need an even better performance in these NBA Finals up against a San Antonio team that is deep.
Miami is already going into Game 1 as the underdog. The Spurs have the home court advantage, which will play a big role in outcome of the series. According to Bovada Sportsbook, San Antonio is a slight favorite to take the championship. A wager on the Spurs is going off at -120 ($1.20 wins $1). Conversely, a wager on the Heat is going off at even money.
There are a variety of different betting lines available for the 2014 NBA Finals. The game lines will be available for each contest, and accompanied by player, game + team props.
Player prop odds will cover offensive and defensive performances for just about every player on the roster. These will be up until the tip off of each matchup in the series. The same can be said for team props, with the central focus on team performances outside of the game outcomes.
There are more betting odds formed for the NBA Finals than any other series in the playoffs, so settle in for a wild ride.
Things have already gotten off to a rocky start, with Tim Duncan coming out of character and telling the world that ‘we got this’. That has certainly not been the ‘San Antonio’ way, but it is a testament to the frustration and disappointment that the Spurs have from the NBA Finals last year.
Those comments have evoked plenty of reaction around the sports world, and did get back to the Heat locker room. Miami took the high road and has yet to get involved in a war of words.
Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals will get underway on Thursday night from San Antonio. The Finals series is a different setup than the previous series. It will be a 2-3-2 with the middle three games in Miami. This definitely places an emphasis on home court for the Spurs. If the Heat are able to get a split, it could spell bad news for San Antonio.
This series has no shortage of storylines and should receive high ratings given the fact of who is involved.
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com has the current game lines and props available. Check back after each game for the odds on the next matchup!