The NBA conference finals start on Sunday with the Miami Heat visiting the Indiana Pacers in the East. On Monday, the West begins with the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting San Antonio Spurs.
Despite some surprises over the first two rounds of this season’s NBA postseason, the finals consist of the top two seeds in each conference.
The Miami Heat, seeded No. 2, swept Charlotte in four games in round one and versus Brooklyn needed just five games.
Miami will look to LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, while Indiana has Roy Hibbert, Paul George and David West.
Miami must now start a series on the road, as Indiana is the No. 1 seed. Indiana has not had as easy a road as Miami. The Pacers needed all seven games to eliminate the No. 8 seed Atlanta and six games to defeat the Washington Wizards in round two.
On most bookmakers such as Bovada and topbet Miami is sitting on -370 to defeat Indiana in the series and reach the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season. Indiana is currently +310.
On sportsbook.com and betonline, Miami opened the line as a road favorite by 2 points, with a point total of 182.
Miami and Indiana split the four head-to-head games between the two teams this past season, with each team winning two home games.
The Heat is still the favorite on the futures to win the 2014 NBA Title at 6 to 5.
Out West, the No. 1 seeded San Antonio Spurs will host the No. 2 seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 on Monday.
All season San Antonio lost just 20 regular season games. However, 20% or 4 of the 20 losses were to Oklahoma City. The Thunder also was 4-0 ATS in the four games versus San Antonio.
However, the Thunder were hit by a lightning bolt on Friday when they received news that Serge Ibaka their talented defensive specialist will miss the remainder of the postseason due to a calf injury.
Oklahoma City still has the league’s No. 1 scorer in Kevin Durant and the explosive Russell Westbrook. While the cagey veterans of San Antonio Manu Ginoboli, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan lead the charge for the Spurs.
San Antonio opened at -165, while the Thunder was at +145. However, after news of Ibaka’s injury, the Spurs lengthened their number as the favorite to -180 and the Thunder went up to +160.
The line has San Antonio -4.5 for Monday’s opening game, with a point total of 208.5.
Odds for 2014 NBA Championship
Miami Heat 6 to 5
San Antonio Spurs 11 to 5
Oklahoma City 3 to 1
Indiana Pacers 10 to 1.