Vegas wants to see Spurs bounced from NBA playoffs

Ashton Grewal
It’s not just David Stern rooting against the San Antonio Spurs and pulling for the Miami Heat. Las Vegas sportsbooks would prefer to see Gregg Popovich’s crew bounced from the postseason and LeBron James crowned in the Finals.

Oddsmakers at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH) calculated the Spurs as -165 favorites in the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the LVH, according to oddsmaker Jeff Sherman, installed San Antonio as -175 chalk because of the liability the SuperBook has on the Spurs.

The LVH, like many sportsbooks, took sharp action on the Spurs to win the NBA championship at 30/1 and 25/1 back in January. San Antonio is the favorite to win the title at 9/5 (+180).

The Thunder are +155 underdogs against the Spurs in the West finals and 5-point underdogs in Game 1 on Sunday.

Miami, on the other hand, is a good outcome for Vegas. While books have seen a fair share of Heat bets to win the title, their odds have never been long. Miami opened as the odds-on favorite to win the championship and was never priced higher than +200 (2/1).

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Posted by sports_Network
4 years ago

Ashton, What David Stern and company want see, and what the realities are. are two very different situations. Unless their are unforeseen injuries, the Heat will be representing the NBA east in the finals, with a healthy Chris Bosh. the value wager at this conjuncture would have to be the Spurs to win the NBA title at +180 of course this depends solely that they get by the Thunder who are +155 dogs. your assessment, and the insight of Jeff Sherman, give a clear understanding, don't bet the series between the Spurs vs Thunder, stay with individual games, you'll get the value, and a stronger handicap...very good article, thank you for the information, odds, and insight..may you prosper, and achieve

Posted by Gonz312
4 years ago

Was able to grab them at 30/1 beginning of the season. Kinda a homer thing for me to do almost every year for the Spurs. This time it might pay off.

Posted by nc1capper
4 years ago

Vegas and the network gods maybe to much for the spurs to overcome

Posted by Plisskin76
4 years ago

Really? +180 to +200,pretty much the same.
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