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Vegas: Heat won't be favored vs. Spurs or Thunder in Finals

The Miami Heat remain the favorites to win the NBA championship but one Las Vegas oddsmaker says LeBron James and his crew would be underdogs against either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder.

“The pure price will have the Western Conference team as a small favorite in a series over the Heat,” Andrew Patterson, oddsmaker with Las Vegas Sports Consultants, told Covers in an email. “The Spurs-Thunder series will be a great series and the winner will definitely deserve the respect. We were thinking about a -130 favorite for the West.”

The Heat would not have home court advantage if either San Antonio or Oklahoma City advanced to the Finals, which plays a part in a series price for oddsmakers like Patterson.

So why is Miami still the odds-on favorite to win the title? Look no further than the competition in the Eastern Conference.

As bad as Miami looked in its Game 2 loss to the Pacers, few people outside the Hoosier state expect LBJ and friends to drop the series. The series price still shows the Heat as -300 and they’ll be large chalk against Boston – assuming the Celtics finish off the 76ers – in the Eastern Conference.

It’s not as much of a cakewalk for the Spurs and Thunder, who will most likely play each other in the Western Conference finals.

“The West might have the three best teams left [Lakers being the third] – especially if Chris Bosh doesn’t come back healthy,” Cal Neva oddsmaker Chris Andrews told Covers. “The Heat are extremely vulnerable.”

But most people do expect Bosh to return from his strained abdomen in time for the Finals. That’s probably why veteran handicapper and Covers Expert Ted Sevransky sees the series price being closer to a pick ‘em should Miami meet San Antonio or Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals.

“Power-rating wise, I don’t think anyone has more than a point or two of separation between the Heat, Spurs and Thunder right now,” Sevransky said.

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Posted by sirrobinhood
2 years ago

celtics will be playing spurs in finals. heat are in bad shape. playing awful, injury to key player, attitude problems, etc. couldn't happen to a better group. fk'em.......
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Posted by Pit952
2 years ago

Heat will destroy the pacers tonight the game will not be close
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Posted by stevenp
2 years ago

miami without bosh exposes their lousy supporting cast. outside of wade and james, the rest of miami scored 23 in game two. outside of wade, bosh and james, the rest of miami scored 21 points in game one. in fact in 15 minutes, bosh scored 13 points in game one. who's going to score for miami? obviously wade has created the controversy. indiana barely celebrated. they just jumped up and down the instant they won. every team does that! indiana is a much better TEAM than miami. the best argument for the heat is indiana doesn't have the experience. if nothing else, this game will be close. i don't think vogel will let the heat get out and run. and, even if they do, THEY MISS BOSH.
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Posted by sports_Network
2 years ago

Update; Final results MIAMI HEAT 75 | INDIANA PACERS 94 +21 "the game will not be close"
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Posted by vikingfan12
2 years ago

who says the heat r even getting out of this round??? i hope the pacers are this years cinderella and does wat the mavs did last year!!!!
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Posted by Godsplay
2 years ago

Difference is Mavs were a veteran team. Heat win this seris in 7.
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Posted by stevenp
2 years ago

indiana's more like a cinderella in the way memphis was a cinderella. they might knock off the heat, but they won't get by boston.
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Posted by tomnolan
2 years ago

sprots_Network--- i totally agree with you. LBJ is just a stats player. never gets the job done when the game is on the line. the most over rated playoff player ever. i am tired of hearing it already. enough. besides wade and lbj the heat have no one else. the rest of the guys are has beens!!!
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Posted by sports_Network
2 years ago

"the Heat are 'extremely' vulnerable" well said Chris Andrews (Cal Neva)
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Posted by sports_Network
2 years ago

Ashton, the injury to Chris Bosh (abs) can last weeks, it's not possible to play under a torn abdominal injury such as his. the Heat are going to have a hard fought series against the Pacers, I must agree with you wholeheartedly, the Heat do not deserve any consideration as a favorite, if, and upon reaching the NBA finals, regardless of who their opponent is. the Heat lack depth, they also lack the leadership of a MVP who misses 2 game winning free throws with 6 seconds left to play..(this has been consistent with LBJ's play since his inauguration) let's get real here, the man chokes at every game winning opportunity; he's clearly a stats player, not a money player, or by any means a winner... good article, informative inserts by Ted Sevransky-
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Posted by Ashton_Grewal
2 years ago

Thanks for reading sports_Network and love the avatar, BTW. I like Indiana's balance but I think Wade and James will play better and Miami's role players will step up as the series progresses. If I had to pick a team to win the title right now, it'd be the Thunder.
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Posted by stevenp
2 years ago

unless pat riley hires larry bird to replace him as executive; so that the heat bigs aren't joelle anthony, ronny turiaf, an aging warrior/injuries catching up in udanis haslem(an old 32). larry could trade for Roy Hibbert, David West, Tyler Hansborough and Lou Amundson. Then Miami would have energy up front to grab some rebounds. Look at the stats fellas: Indiana out rebounded miami by 10 in game two and by 16 in game three. That's going to be consistent as the series moves on. And, no one's mentioned that SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH DWAYNE WADE!
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Posted by Godsplay
2 years ago

"Difference is Mavs were a veteran team. Heat win this seris in 7."