In a wild playoffs that saw the Denver Nuggets twice come back from 3-1 series deficits to knock off the Utah Jazz and then the LA Clippers, could the Miami Heat pull off the same feat in the NBA Finals over the LA Lakers? Well, a Game 5 111-108 victory for the Heat has kept them alive, though they still trail 3-2 in the series — one win at a time.
The best basketball sites had the Lakers’ at -15000 heading into Friday night’s game, though, with the loss, their odds have tightened substantially to -750. The Heat, who are trailing a playoff series for the first time in the postseason, come back at +475 which is lower than their +650 odds after the Game 3 win.
Game 6 is set for Sunday, October 11, with the Lakers sitting as 5-point chalk as of Saturday morning to win their 17th championship in franchise history.
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For now, here are the 2019-20 NBA championship odds for the two teams battling for the Larry O’Brien Trophy:
Who Is Favored To Win The NBA Championship?
|Los Angeles Lakers||-750|
Odds as of October 11 at Bovada
Lakers Are One Win Away From Title
After the Heat’s victory in Game 3, some bettors may have been doubting the chances for their Lakers futures tickets, but they immediately felt reassured watching Game 4. Though, they may be white-knuckle clenching their tickets on Sunday night after the Game 5 Heat win.
It was a duel between arguable each teams’ best player in Game 5 as Miami’s Jimmy Butler continued to put this team on his back. He poured in a triple-double with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while also chipping in five steals in 47 minutes. The rest of the team feasted on his energy and six of the seven players to touch the court on Friday for the Heat notched double-digit scoring.
It wasn’t much of a team effort for the Lakers as LeBron James paved the way with a double-double on 40 points, 13 boards and added seven dimes. Anthony Davis also did his job with 28 points and 12 boards. However, six of the nine LA players that saw action in Game 5 scored eight points or fewer, including Markieff Morris, who totaled no points in 23 minutes.
For what it’s worth, if you’re thinking about betting the Heat to make the comeback: this is the 24th time that a James-led team opened a series with a 2-0 lead. His squads in Cleveland, Miami and L.A. are 23-0 in those previous instances. The last time the Lakers franchise blew a 2-0 lead was in the 1969 finals against the Boston Celtics.
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How to Read NBA Finals Odds
At the sportsbook – a fancy way to say NBA betting site – you’ll notice that the odds are listed like this:
Let’s pretend you believe that the Heat are the team to beat based on the odds listed above. If you were to lay down $100, you’d see a payout of $375 – you get your $100 back, plus your earnings of $275. Or maybe you’re set on the Los Angeles Lakers. In order to make $100 in profit, you’d need to bet $350 with the Lakers being such a big favorite.
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What are NBA Futures?
Futures bets made on events that have yet to take place. You make a bet like this far off in advance of the event, in this case the team to win the championship. To make a bet like this, you would first use the info contained in this article to handicap your wager. Once you’ve made your decision on which team you think has the chops to win the NBA Finals, you’re ready to go.