The Miami Heat head into the NBA Finals as prohibitive favorites over the San Antonio Spurs despite coming off of a grueling seven-game Eastern Conference Finals, while the Spurs cruised through the Western Conference.
Miami are -240 favorites to win the title, according to OddsShark, while San Antonio is going off at +200 to capture the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The odds of the Heat sweeping the Spurs is 7/1, compared to 18/1 for a San Antonio sweep. The odds of a seven-game series are better, with a Miami seven-game win sitting at 10/3 and 7/1 odds that San Antonio wins a series that goes the distance.
Unsurprisingly, LeBron James is a massive favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP at -225. Tony Parker is next at +450, with Tim Duncan at +700 and Dwyane Wade at +800. The biggest underdog to win the Bill Russell Award is Chris Anderson, whose odds are at +9900 to capture it.
The odds are that the series will end at AmericanAirlines Arena, which should be expected as it's slated to host four of a possible seven games. A bet that the series will be decided in Miami will pay off at -190, while a bet that the series will end in San Antonio will pay off at +155.