Tonight in Los Angeles, the Western Conference's top two teams will square off as the Clippers host the Oklahoma City Thunder. In what could easily be a preview of the conference championship, LA's "other" team...
The NBA season wrapped up less than a week ago, but that doesn’t stop fans from speculating on the future. LeBron James has already promised to bring multiple titles to South Beach (not one, not two, not three…) so with one finally in the bag, what are the odds of repeating in 2013?
Bovada recently posted their future odds and surprise, surprise, they anticipate a re-match of this year’s finals with both Miami and Oklahoma listed as 5/2 favorites to take home the Larry O’Brien trophy. Neither team has any rotation players hitting free agency and will return the core of their lineup next season, but with the NBA draft scheduled for Thursday night, there could be a lot of wheeling and dealing that may impact these odds.
The 2012 NBA Finals is a dream match-up of young superstars, as the Miami Heat take on the Oklahoma City Thunder beginning on Tuesday, June 12 in Oklahoma City.
Could LeBron/Durant be the next Magic/Bird? With a three-time scoring champ in one corner, and a three-time MVP in the other, both players certainly have the necessary credentials. But who do the betting trends favor in this epic matchup?
The Celtics’ shocking 94-90 victory over the Heat last night not only completely shifted momentum, but also marked the fourth consecutive time the over has hit this series. That has dropped Boston’s postseason record for unders to 45-43 (51.1%, -1.01 units) during the Big Three Era.
This recent scoring binge has also been detrimental to betting the Heat’s unders, which dropped into the red for the first time with a 37-36 record (-.99 units) since 2006 and 15-19 (-4.74 units) since LeBron took his talents to South Beach.
With another thrilling victory for the Celtics last night, the series has been knotted at two games a piece as the action moves back to Miami. The win not only shifts the momentum of the series, but continues a prevalent playoff trend — and no, it’s not just unpredictable officiating.
Boston’s victory means that the home team has won every game of the series and the same thing can be said in the Western Conference showdown between the Thunder and Spurs. But does this apparent home team bias translate to sports bettors?