Miami Spurred on by Game One Defeat - Betting Preview
In the midst of an NBA Finals, all attention should be focussed on the on-court action, but after a disappointing Game One performance, the Miami Heat, and specifically the league's MVP LeBron James, have come under some heavy criticism.
Of course, this may have an adverse affect on them, or as in the past, may drive the team, centred on three of the best active players in the NBA, to success. After a tight four point loss at the American Airlines Arena in the first of a seven game series, it was suggested LeBron could have stepped up in a bigger way.
If James does carry the torch in the second game, it will benefit Miami greatly, and if he drops 28 or more points in a Heat win, we will pay out on an enhanced price of 6/4. Having said that, this is a series involving two teams, and the Spurs won't just be out to see their one game advantage fizzle away in order to satisfy a superstar-obsessed media.
San Antonio boast a couple of stars themselves, with Tony Parker playing magnificently in their 92-88 win on Thursday. After enhancing him to 5/1 to win the Finals MVP, Parker controlled the court, looking good from deep and in the paint, whilst making the most of a talented core around him, including future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobli (who made the pass of the season in Game One).
After that performance, his odds have been slashed to 7/4 to receive the MVP honours, whilst Duncan him at 5/2, with LeBron leading the field at 11/10. Duncan may well be worth a look, and is famed for performing in the biggest games. As such, we have enhanced his price to score over 18.5 points tonight to EVS (from 10/11).
If you took the advice from Game One and backed the Spurs to win the game, but Heat to win the series; worry not. Miami will be confident they can lift a second straight NBA Championship trophy, and victory tonight would see them on their way.