Does Spurs' Game 3 blowout guarantee NBA title?

Jun 12, 2013 |
If you like playing the odds - and you do or else you wouldn’t be reading this – you might as well cash out your crumbling 401k and put it all on the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Championship.

Well, maybe you shouldn’t risk your financial future on silly game but at least consider a small wager on the Spurs, who are now -160 favorites to win the NBA title after stomping the Miami Heat 113-77 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday.

Over the past 36 NBA Finals with a series tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the title 30 out of 35 times. If that’s not enough of an eye-opener, since moving to the 2-3-2 finals format in 1985 there have been 13 series tied 1-1 after two games and the Game 3 victor has won 12 of those NBA Finals.

Oddsmakers have tagged the Spurs as 2-point home favorites in Game 4 Thursday. The Heat, who opened the series as -215 favorites, are now +130 underdogs with two more games to go in San Antonio.

The last time a team lost Game 3 and won the NBA title was 2011, when the Dallas Mavericks lost to Miami and it's "Big Three" in Game 3 of the finals but won three in a row to take the NBA Championship.

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