NBA Finals Odds 2013: Spread Info, Prop Bets and Betting Tips

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJune 4, 2013

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The 2013 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat promises to be a thrilling event for casual fans and hardcore basketball junkies alike, but gamblers may have the most fun during this series.

Placing anything from a friendly wager with a friend to a massive bet at a sportsbook can turn each play of every game into an edge-of-your-seat moment.

Let’s take a look at the complete schedule, highlight the current point spread and over/under for each matchup, check out some advice on how to bet the games, catch up on the latest prop bets and more in our 2013 NBA Finals gambling guide.


*All betting info courtesy of

NBA Finals Schedule and Spread Info:

Game 1: Thursday, June 6, 9 p.m. ET (ABC):

Spread: Heat -5.5, Total: 188.5


Game 2: Sunday, June 9, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)

Spread: Heat -5, Total: 188.5


Game 3: Tuesday, June 11, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)

Spread: Spurs -2, Total: 188.5


Game 4: Thursday, June 13, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)

Spread: Spurs -2, Total: 188.5


Game 5: Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)*

Spread: N/A, Total: N/A


Game 6: Tuesday, June 18, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)*

Spread: N/A, Total: N/A


Game 7: Thursday, June 20, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)*

Spread: N/A, Total: N/A

*If necessary


Advice for Spread Betting in NBA Finals

This best-of-seven could wind up going the distance, so bettors will want to get their action in early, follow the trends throughout the series and be ready to react to them quickly.

Game 1 is a straightforward affair, as the Spurs look like a lock as 5.5-point underdogs in this extremely winnable contest.

They will be coming off 10 days of rest by tipoff in South Beach, while the Heat have barely had any time to recuperate since winning Game 7 of their epic showdown with the Indiana Pacers.

While more inexperienced and less disciplined teams would have trouble coming back from such a long layover, coach Gregg Popovich’s Spurs are an extremely tight-knit group that have likely been doing nothing but preparing for this matchup since sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies.

History is also on their side, as Miami needed seven games to best the Boston Celtics in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals and were promptly blown out on their home court by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the 2012 Finals.

That same result looks quite possible this year, as the aging Spurs have the fresh legs and firepower to blow past a team that tends to rest on its laurels after a major victory.

Give some strong consideration to the Spurs on the money line (+200), as there is a good chance San Antonio backers will be cashing tickets on Thursday.

For those of you already looking forward to Game 2, lean toward Miami. Should the Spurs steal a victory in the opening contest, the Heat will have their backs against the wall and face a must-win situation in that second matchup.

Due to the 2-3-2 nature of the NBA Finals (two games at home for the team with the best record, three on the road and then two back at home if necessary), the Spurs would have a major advantage heading back to Texas with a 2-0 lead.

Miami would be in a do-or-die situation and it often responds well in those. Take Game 7 against the Pacers, for example, when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade stepped up to lead their squad to a 99-76 victory.

That type of blowout result is quite probable for Game 2 of the Finals and worth betting, especially if you are in the camp that believes San Antonio will steal Game 1.

Expect the lines to change drastically by the time Games 3 and 4 roll around, but go with Miami in any game in which they are an underdog. This group is simply too good to be spotted any points and could easily win every game they are involved in.

Even if it’s a mere two points, the Heat are a must-bet on the road in this series.


Advice for Total Betting in NBA Finals

As for the over/under, the majority of games between these two foes are likely to go well over the set total.

Public opinion tends to portray the Spurs as some sort of low-scoring, defensive-minded juggernaut, but that couldn’t be less true.

San Antonio has found success with a highly efficient offensive attack that includes corner threes and shots at the rim, which is why it finished fourth in the NBA with 103.0 points per game and first in the league with 25.1 assists per contest.

This club loves to move the ball and find the open shot, which is something it will certainly be able to do against Miami. While the Heat defenders are certainly no slouches, they don’t match up with the prowess of the Grizzlies—the top-tier defense that the Spurs shredded in the Western Conference Finals.

On the other end, expect Miami to execute its offensive sets with pinpoint precision, given that its stars found a way to get it done on a consistent enough basis to best the stifling Pacers.

The Heat’s three-point shooting took a nosedive in that series, as the Pacers held them to just 38.1 percent from beyond the arc over the first six games and severely limited their chances from deep.

With Chris Bosh unable to get anything done inside against Roy Hibbert and David West, he was constantly floating out to the perimeter to try to extend the defense.

While the strategy was somewhat effective for Bosh, the rest of the Miami shooters’ spacing was negatively impacted by the presence of a long defender in the vicinity.

Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter deserve credit as stout interior defenders, but Bosh and LeBron will be able to do much more against them in the paint, especially in comparison to what little they were able to accomplish down low against the Pacers.

Now that the trials and tribulations of facing a truly elite defense are behind each conference champion, expect the offenses to fire on all cylinders and a high-scoring NBA Finals to unfold.


Series Bet

*Courtesy of

Miami Heat -235

San Antonio Spurs +195

The risk is quite great, but it will be worth it to bet the Miami Heat to be crowned NBA champions.

At -235, the Heat represent a great bargain. This team is capable of easily winning this series and there is even a decent chance at a sweep.

What seems a bit more realistic is that this Finals mirrors last year’s, when the Thunder came out and shocked the Heat in Game 1. Miami took a shot across its jaw and rebounded with four straight victories to claim the first championship of the “Big 3” era.

Expect the Spurs to play the role of spoilers in Game 1 and disappoint the fans in Southern Florida. They won’t be down for long, however, as the Heat should be able to come back and win the next four, celebrating their second straight championship on the floor of the AT&T Center in San Antonio.


Prop Bets

*Courtesy of

Heat win 2013 and 2014 championship: Yes (+310)/Field wins championship either year (-430)

This is a risky prop, as injuries and unforeseen circumstances often arise in the NBA. However, the core of this Heat team—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh—seem young and healthy enough to make another run in 2014.

If you think they are going to keep it together and have enough motivation for a third straight championship—and fourth-straight Finals appearance—go with the Heat at +310. It’s a solid value and could end up paying dividends next June.

*More prop bets to come as they become available. 


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