NBA Betting Preview: Spurs, Heat, On The Brink Of Playoff Meltdown
The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs have been the betting favorites all playoffs long to advance to the NBA Finals. They cruised through their first two rounds, and were considered favorites against Boston and Oklahoma City, respectively.After the first two games of the Eastern and Western conference finals, the Spurs and Heat looked as though they were going to continue their dominance, as both won the first two games of their series’. Since then, Miami and San Antonio have gone a combined 0-6, and tonight and Thursday they both face elimination on the road.The Thunder and Celtics have used energy and strong coaching to turn the tables on series’ which appeared to be over just a week ago. Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett have played like men possessed the past three games, and now they can smell the finish line. Oklahoma City gets the first shot to advance to the finals tonight at home.Bettors, meanwhile, were left holding the bag in a pair of shocking game five losses. Most analysts predicted that San Antonio and Miami would reclaim the series leads in game five at home, but both played poorly down the stretch, leaving prognosticators and gamblers to wonder what happened to the teams that dominated the beginning of this round.”It is almost like a complete 180,” said Gaming Analyst Brad Dawkins. “Oklahoma City and Boston just threw a switch, and the series’ have been completely different the past week. I don’t know if either Miami or San Antonio will recover in time to save their seasons. On the other hand, both teams are loaded with talent, so it could happen.”The Heat are facing the possibility of their “Big Three” going down without a title for the second straight season. When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were assembled in Miami two summers’ ago, the trio predicted multiple titles. If they lose game six tomorrow in Boston, that prediction may never come to fruition.”If Miami loses this game, there’s a good chance that Pat Riley will make some type of major move, and that one of those three players will not be playing for the heat next season,” said Dawkins.For San Antonio, the desperation may be even further along. The Spurs are getting older at key positions, and the run they have made this season is considered to be one of their last stands with Tim Duncan. The Spurs will have to win in Oklahoma tonight, and then go home and clinch game seven in San Antonio in order to advance to the finals. June 6, 2012Posted By Vincent Tapoglia IIIStaff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.comSubmit News!