Thanks to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game 4 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, we now have updated 2014 NBA playoff series odds and a real PLAYOFF matchup to get excited about.
— NBA (@NBA) May 28, 2014
The good news is that, if you’re looking to cash in on the remainder of both conference finals, then you’re in luck.
Because, only one series outcome is in, what could be even considered, the slightest bit of jeopardy.
Let me remind you that the disappointing Indiana Pacers are barely clinging to their faint postseason hopes against the defending champion Miami Heat, making the Western Conference Finals the only series really in question.
#Pacers coach Frank Vogel talked to reporters late this morning b4 team left for Indianapolis. Told team 2 worry abt their play, not refs
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 27, 2014
Now, let’s get cracking with the conference finals series odd breakdowns.
2014 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Series Odds
- Miami Heat -5000
- Indiana Pacers +2000
As you can see, the Miami Heat are huge favorites and for good reason people…because they’re going to put the Pacers away…after losing Game 5 in Indy…to take the series at home in game 6.
No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the conference finals since 1981 and I don’t think there’s any way the Pacers pull this feat off either short of LeBron James not showing up for the remaining games.
The fact of the matter is that Indiana simply doesn’t have enough offense – or heart – to keep up with a more mature – and more determined – Miami team looking to win another NBA title and nothing less.
I guess if you’ve got five grand (or 10 or 20 for that matter) lying around to win $100, then why not make the wager here? I mean, this Eastern Conference Finals ‘mismatch’ is an absolute lock.
2014 NBA Western Conference Finals Series Odds
- Thunder +170
- Spurs -200
Now, on to the Western Conference Finals…and yes, it’s a bit harder of a series to predict if only because the two teams competing in it are more evenly matched than those in the Eastern Conference.
Having said that, I’m still going on record to say that I like the San Antonio Spurs to win the conference crown, not only because they have home court advantage, but because I genuinely believe they are the deeper, more experienced and certainly better coached ballclub.
Is it possible that the Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant could just ‘go off’ for the remainder of this series and lead the Thunder to an upset win much like they did when they took out the top-seeded Spurs in 2012?
Yes, it’s possible it could happen. I mean, it’s not like the Thunder are chopped liver people. If the past two games haven’t shown you that Oklahoma City is capable of beating any team in the league on any given night, then you haven’t been paying attention.
Oklahoma City did rank fifth in the league in scoring this season (106.2 ppg) and sixth in field goal percentage (47.1) while also finishing third in defensive field goal percentage allowed (43.6). Did I forget to mention the fact the Durant led the league in scoring by averaging a whopping 32.0 points per game or that Westbrook chipped in a stellar 21.8 points per contest?
Still, I like the Spurs to hold the fort at home to get the series win NBA betting enthusiasts.
San Antonio has gone a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last half-dozen home games and an impressive 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Spurs also tied Miami for the third best home record in the regular season, going 32-9 at the AT&T Center. Not only that, but the well-balanced Spurs are getting double-digit scoring from four players this postseason and at least 6.1 points per game from another five players.
Led by their Hall of Fame bound trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, San Antonio has recorded a near-perfect 8-1 SU and ATS at home this postseason and it is their excellent play at home that I believe will be the key to their winning the Western Conference Finals over the scrappy Oklahoma City Thunder.