Posted June 18, 2013

Heat still slight favorites to win NBA Finals despite being down 3-2 to Spurs

2013 NBA Finals, LeBron James, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs
Miami Heat are slight favorites in NBA Finals vs. San Antonio Spurs

LeBron James and the Heat will look to take Game 6 of the Finals tonight in Miami. (Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated

A 3-2 deficit isn’t discouraging oddsmakers, who still list the Heat as slight favorites in the NBA Finals versus the Spurs. Bovada.lv has Miami, which fell to San Antonio 114-104 in Game 5 on Sunday, at -130 to win the Finals despite the fact that the Spurs can close out the series in Game 6 tonight in Miami.

Game 6 and 7 of the Finals will be played in Miami, a fact which no doubt figures into the Heat’s odds. LeBron James and Co. went 37-4 at home during the regular season and have gone 8-3 at American Airlines Arena in the playoffs. The Spurs were above-average on the road in the regular season (23-18) and have compiled a 7-2 record away from San Antonio in the postseason. The 2-3-2 Finals format, adopted in 1985, gives the Heat this advantage.

As the Point Forward’s Ben Golliver noted, the Heat haven’t won two games in a row since a closeout Game 5 win against Chicago in the conference semifinals and an overtime victory over Indiana in Game 1 of the conference finals. The Heat will need to win two straight games in Miami to capture the title.

“We can’t worry about a Game 7,” James said after Game 5. “We have to worry about Game 6.”

Tip-off for Game 6 is 9 p.m. ET at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

4 comments
shaggy6unny
shaggy6unny

I cant see a victory by the Heat in here. They are suckers for 3 ball where the Spurs is amazazing. They also don't have a rim protector which is also the reason why they don't defend the 3 ball. I bet on Spurs to take this home already. I would want to see a classic game 7 tho

dorado
dorado

david stern wants a lebron victory, so of course they are the favorites.

Gerry G
Gerry G

@dorado David Stern wants Spurs to win to give them maybe their last Championship in Spurs Big 3 era. But Miami will be too good and will be able to outplay the Spurs even with referees help and eventually win this series. See what I did there?