After a wild first round, a ho-hum second round and a roller-coster conference finals, the 2014 NBA playoffs boil down to a rematch for the crown as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
Spurs + Heat to meet in NBA Finals for 2nd straight season, 1st NBA Finals rematch since Bulls vs Jazz in 1997 and 1998
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2014
And if you are like me then you are already feeling early onset NBA playoff betting withdrawal and lucky for you. I have the cure for both you and I.
My 2014 NBA Final Prop Betting Picks Board
With Game 1 set for Thursday night, let’s get started.
2014 NBA Finals Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs Game 1 Details
- When: Thursday, June 5 at 9:00 PM ET
- Where: AT&T Center in San Antonio
- TV: ABC
First to Score In Game 1 Of The 2014 NBA Finals
- Heat -110
- Spurs -120
I like the Miami Heat to score the game’s first basket. Of course, I will admit that making this pick is a very tough call – and a bit like predicting the coin toss at the Super Bowl. Still, my lucky coin says Miami will score first – and the coin is always right!
First to Score 10 Points
- Heat +100
- Spurs -130
First to Score 20 Points
- Heat +110
- Spurs -140
Which team will score 10 and 20 points first respectively?
I know the Miami Heat will want to get off to a good start to avoid falling into an early hole against the veteran-laden Spurs, but I don’t see them getting to either 10 or 20 points before San Antonio does, mostly because the AT&T Center is going to be rocking. Fueled by their hungry (well, not according to Charles Barkley) fans, I like San Antonio to get out to an early lead before Miami regroups a bit. Either way, I just don’t see Tim Duncan and Tony Parker letting the Spurs fall behind early – or Manu Ginobili, late for that matter.
Team with Highest Scoring Quarter
- Heat +115
- Spurs -145
Which team will score the most points in one quarter?
I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to understand that the San Antonio Spurs have so many quality scorers that they can literally light it up with the best offensive teams in the game today. Sure, Miami can also explode on unsuspecting g teams (like Indiana apparently) but overall, Miami gets it done with defense a bit more than the Spurs. When it comes to scoring odds, I say play it safe and go with the team that can fill it up with multiple offensive options. Take the Spurs here…it’s the smart play!
2014 NBA Finals Double Result Betting Odds
- Heat-Heat +240
- Tie-Heat +3000
- Spurs-Heat +550
- Heat-Spurs +400
- Tie-Spurs +2000
- Spurs-Spurs +100
What’s the best bet for the Double Result?
I like the Sours to lead at the half and win the game, so I like the ‘Spurs-Spurs’ selection here. Clearly, NBA oddsmakers do too as you can see from the above odds. Still, at +100, this is a fairly sizable return if you nail this pick correctly.
Winning Margin Odds
- Heat by 1- 2 Pts +900
- Heat by 3- 6 Pts +550
- Heat by 7- 9 Pts +1000
- Spurs by 1- 2 Pts +800
- Spurs by 3- 6 Pts +400
- Spurs by 7- 9 Pts +650
- Spurs by 10-13 +600
What Will The Winning Margin Be In Game 1?
I like the Sours to win and cover the 3.5-point spread, so I believe that either the 3-6 points or 7-9 points selections are the best bets on the board. At a stunning +650 placing a wager on the 7-9 points selection is a virtual must – and the right pick too. My final score pick has San Antonio winning Game 1 by eight points, although I will admit that it could very well come by a basket less to fall exactly on six points.