NBA Finals Prop Bets

NBA Finals Prop Bets

Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals tips Thursday night at a little after 9pm. For those out of the loop, it’s a rematch of the 2013 Finals between the Heat and Spurs. Miami, and specifically LeBron James, will be looking to add to their championship trophy case, while the Spurs are seeking a measure of vengeance after last year’s heartbreaking 7-game defeat. It could also be San Antonio’s last best shot at winning the fifth title of the Tim Duncan era. It’s been suggested that Duncan might call it a career if the Spurs win, although at this point it’s pure conjecture. This series isn’t short on intriguing storylines, or betting possibilities. Here’s a breakdown of just some of the NBA Finals prop bets.

Average points per game for LeBron James? Over/Under – 27.5

James averaged 25.3 points in the 2013 Finals, so this number might be a bit high. Thus far in this year’s playoffs, he is netting 27.1 points. The Spurs did a decent job on him defensively a season ago, but stopping the best player on the planet is no easy task. Kawhi Leonard will become an instant star if he puts the clamps on LeBron.

Average points per game for Dwyane Wade? Over/Under – 18

Wade hasn’t been dominant, but he has been consistent, and most importantly, healthy. He averaged 19.6 points in the 2013 Finals, and is netting 18.7 in this year’s playoffs. San Antonio had problems defending Russell Westbrook in the Western Conference Finals, so Wade could be in store for a big series.

Average points per game for Tim Duncan? Over/Under – 16.5

Duncan is averaging exactly 16.5 points through 18 playoff games. He totaled 18.9 points in the 2013 Finals and should have an advantage in the paint versus Miami’s undersized front line. If this is indeed his last hurrah, expect Duncan to leave it all on the court. If San Antonio pulls out a victory, a fourth Finals MVP is probable.

Average points per game for Tony Parker? Over/Under – 16.5

Parker’s ailing ankle is a concern for both him and the Spurs. He is confident he will play in Game 1, but how effective he is as the series progresses will be something to monitor. He leads the team in scoring with 17.2 points. He averaged 15.7 points in the 2013 Finals, but is shooting at a much higher percentage in 2014.

Average rebounds per game for Kawhi Leonard? Over/Under – 6

Apologies to Duncan and Parker, but no player is more important to San Antonio’s title chances than Leonard. He will be utilized as the primary defender on James and is on the cusp of taking his game to the next level. Leonard was sensational in the 2013 Finals, averaging 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds. This year, he’s totaling 6.8 rebounds per game. The Over is a lock.

Will LeBron James record a triple-double? Yes +190, No -230

James had two triple-doubles in last year’s Finals, but has yet to record one in this year’s playoffs. He is always a threat to post huge numbers and with the series expected to go at least 6 games, it’s a good bet that he notches one.