Miami Heat NBA playoff betting: Can they go undefeated?


Miami started the season as NBA favorites and ended the season as NBA favorites. Maybe NBA playoff betting is more interesting if you wager on whether the Heat can go 16-0?

No team has ever done it, but if there were ever a team capable of doing it, the Miami Heat could be the ones.

Miami opened the NBA playoffs as -150 favorites to repeat as champs, but sportsbooks are taking the Heat's domination this season to a new level, posting odds on whether they can sweep every series.

LeBron James and friends finished up with a 37-2 run, including a 27-game win streak and a 10-game run. But after opening at 50-1 odds to go 16-0 in the playoffs, those odds were bet down.

"No team has ever swept the playoffs, although the 2001 Lakers came close at 15-1," said Mark Presley of opened the Heat at 50-1, but moved it down to 25-1 Thursday, according to NBA future odds menus.

They open the playoffs against No. 8 Milwaukee, a team they have dominated SU, but not ATS. The Bucks are 6-3 ATS in their past nine games vs Miami and 5-2 ATS in their past seven trips to South Beach.

After that series, the prospect of continued sweeps dim a bit. Several Eastern Conference teams have played the Heat very tough.

New York is 5-2 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in seven recent games against the Heat. The Indiana Pacers are also a potential matchup and they won two of three against the Heat this year.

The Chicago Bulls are also in the mix as a second-round opponent and they also have a winning record against Miami lately (4-3 SU in its past seven games).

If the Heat face Atlanta or Brooklyn, the odds improve, based on historical play. Miami enjoys a 13-2 SU run against the Hawks and they dominate the Nets (16-1 SU mark since 2008, according to's NBA database.

Eastern Conference Matchups

Miami (1) vs Milwaukee (8)

New York (2) vs Boston (7)

Indiana (3) vs Atlanta (6)

Brooklyn (4) vs Chicago (5)

Western Conference Matchups

Oklahoma City (1) vs Houston (8)

San Antonio (2) vs Los Angeles Lakers (7)

Denver (3) vs Golden State (6)

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs Memphis (5)

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