Little is unfamiliar about the 2014 NBA Finals.
The faces of the franchises are just as recognizable. Many of the Heat, including LeBron James, will aim for their third ring, while Dwyane Wade goes for his fourth. Tim Duncan will be playing and Gregg Popovich coaching for ring No. 5, while Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili go for No. 4.
Here's how to watch them yet again online, as well as series odds and predictions.
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Odds to Win Series (according to Odds Shark)
Miami Heat: 10-11
San Antonio Spurs: 10-11
Oddsmakers couldn't decide who the Finals favorite is, but 12 out of 18 ESPN NBA experts picked the Spurs over the Heat this year. Two experts even said San Antonio would win in five games.
This probably shocks most Miami fans.
After all, James and Wade will be the two best players on the floor. Its Big Three—James, Wade and Chris Bosh—is a combined 15 years younger than the Spurs' Big Three—Parker, Duncan and Ginobili. And, for crying out loud, the Heat are the two-time defending champions after defeating San Antonio last season.
However, while everyone carefully watched each Miami win and loss, the Spurs quietly had a historically great regular season. They won 62 games by an average point differential of 7.8 in the superior Western Conference, despite not playing a single player at least 30.0 minutes per game. Meanwhile, the Heat won 54 games by an average point differential of 4.8 in the inferior Eastern Conference, and James played 37.8 minutes per game.
San Antonio is a machine—an old, well-refurbished machine.
It's far deeper than Miami. Tell 'em, Skip.
The Spurs' Big Three scores just 45.0 percent of their points, compared to the Heat, whose Big Three accounts for 61.6 percent of theirs. Such a depth gap should be expected between one team built through the draft and the other through free agency.
San Antonio's depth didn't earn it the Larry O'Brien Trophy last year. But it nearly did, and the Spurs have improved just enough that, with home-court advantage, they should be favored this time around.
San Antonio in seven
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.
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