NBA Finals Game 4 odds set with Parker as probable
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker had an MRI on his injured right hamstring Wednesday which revealed "slight elongation", putting a big question mark next to his mobility for Thursday's Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
With 5:07 remaining in the third quarter of Tuesday's 113-77 Game 3 romp of the Miami Heat, Parker exited the game to have his hamstring looked at and did not return.
With Parker hopeful to play Thursday, oddsmakers mulled over Parker's value to the spread and what it could mean if the Spurs veteran guard was unable to play. Sportsbooks currently have the Spurs set as 1.5-point home favorites for Game 4.
"Parker is obviously a huge part of that offense," Steve Mikkelson, sportsbook manager at the Atlantis Reno, told Covers. "We have Spurs -1 on that game and that is based on him playing. If he doesn't play, we obviously switch favorites and this line goes to Heat -1.5 easily."
Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the LHV Superbook in Las Vegas could see an even bigger move if Parker doesn't play.
"If he didn't play I could see Heat -2, so I'd say he's worth 3.5 points (to the spread)," Sherman told Covers. "Since the top players' production is more prevalent in the playoffs, it is a bit more than the regular season, and that would apply to most superstars."
Parker notched six points, eight assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes of play in Game 3.