The 2012-2013 NBA season is set to end on Thursday night with Game Seven of the NBA Finals. The Miami Heat will host the San Antonio Spurs in the elimination game. The Heat forced the contest after making a 10-point fourth quarter comeback in Game Six.
Miami entered the series as heavy favorites to win their second straight title. While the betting odds at Las Vegas casinos still have them has the likely champs, San Antonio’s play through six games has made them a popular pick to win Game Seven.
Before the start of the Finals, 14 of 18 ESPN experts selected the Heat to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy. As Game Seven approaches, however, many media members are choosing the Spurs with their predictions. Both Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s "First Take" picked San Antonio to get the win on the road. Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops and Sam Amick of USA Today also think the Spurs will be victorious.
Alex Kennedy of Hoops World and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson picked Miami to close out the Finals in front of their home fans. Johnson, a current ESPN analyst, explained that the play of Dwyane Wade could be the biggest factor in determining the outcome. Wade made just six of his 15 shot attempts in Game Six.
In the series, Tony Parker has been the biggest key to the Spurs’ wins. In San Antonio’s three victories, the point guard is shooting 57 percent from the field, compared to 34 percent in their losses. He’s playing with a hamstring pull, though the injury doesn’t seem to be affecting him much on the court.
Below is the point spread for Game Seven, as well as some prop bets for the contest. Each prop bet comes from the online betting Web site Bovada.
Team to score first
San Antonio Spurs (-105)
Miami Heat (-125)
Total made three-point shots
Will the team leading at halftime win the game?
Will the game go to overtime?
LeBron James total points
Over 29 (-135)
Under 29 (+105)
LeBron James total rebounds and assists
Over 16.5 (-140)
Under 16.5 (+110)