Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs tips off on Thursday June 5 in San Antonio.
The Spurs opened on Bovada and topbet at -3 shortly after their series clinching win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
However, but Monday on betonline and sportsbook.com the Spurs were -4 for Thursday’s Game 1. On the majority of sportsbooks across the Internet, the line has shifted between -3 and -4, with the most between -3.5 and -4.
Some bookmakers believe that prior to the tip off of Game 1, the line could move up as high as Spurs -4.5, which is quite high for any team playing the Miami Heat, even at home.
Tony Parker, San Antonio’s star point guard has been hobbled with an ankle injury since sometime during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
However, Parker told French radio that he is ready to play in Thursday’s Game 1.
Most if not all bookmakers had already assumed Parker would play and priced the opening game and series accordingly.
One bookmaker on Bovada said that with four days between the end of the conference finals and the start of the series against the Heat, most bookmakers figured that Parker would be in the lineup.
The series price has been changed from its opening. When the first prices came out on the series both teams were priced at -110. However, sportsbooks have adjusted that and made the Spurs the favorite at -135, with Miami now at -115.
Part of that movement was due to money being wagered early in the week on San Antonio but also was adjusted due to the move made on the point spread in Game 1.
With San Antonio being bumped on topbet from -3 all the way to -4, it is just natural to then but the prices of the series up as well.
With the matchup of this series one that is tight, with very little difference between the teams, betting interest has increased.
A series that features a huge favorite does not attractive as many gamblers, who would typically not bet a large amount to win just a little or take an underdog that is likely not going to payout.
Both teams are seeing good action leading up to the opening of the series. One reason is that bettors, whether new or experienced know these teams.
The two played to a seven-game final last season with the Spurs close to taking the title. That is fairly fresh in the mind of people and they have an idea what to expect in this series.
Because of that, sportsbooks expect to see plenty of action on each game and on the series as well.