NBA betting: How Miami's "Big Three" fare as underdogs
The Miami Heat are 1.5-point underdogs for Game 4 of the NBA Finals after a crushing loss as 2.5-point road pups to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 Tuesday night.
The Heat haven't been dogs too often since 2010. In fact, since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in South Beach, Miami has been an underdog a total of just 33 times. In those 33 games, the Heat have posted a record of 16-15-2 ATS (against the spread) and 16-17 SU (straight up).
In the playoffs, they have been underdogs 11 times and have posted a combined record of 4-6-1 ATS and 4-7 SU.
Looking back at all three seasons with James, Bosh and Wade, this campaign has been the most successful ATS when Miami is the underdog. The Heat were dogs in seven regular season games and went 6-1 ATS. Game 3 marked the first time the Heat were underdogs in the 2013 playoffs.
Here is a look at their ATS record in the 33 games where they have been underdogs:
2010/2011 regular season: 6-4-1 ATS
2010/2011 postseason: 3-3-1 ATS
2011/2012 regular season: 0-4 ATS
2011/2012 postseason: 1-2 ATS
2012/2013 regular season: 6-1 ATS
2012/2013 postseason: 0-1 ATS