It was a good news, bad news situation with the Miami Heat at the book last week as Miami finished off Oklahoma City in five games to win the franchise's second NBA title and the first for LeBron James.
First off, the good news: The Heat won all three games at home last week, becoming just the third team to sweep the middle three games at home in the 2-3-2 Finals format (instituted in 1985). But in all three of those games, the Thunder took the betting lean at the book.
In Game 3, a 91-85 Heat win, Oklahoma City went off as a 4-point underdog and took about 55 percent of the action. At +155 on the moneyline, the Thunder also took around 55 percent. The total went way under the 194 mark, a great result for the book with more than 74 percent of the lean going over. The book's top prop win in that game was Thunder star Kevin Durant staying under 29.5 points - he finished with a series-low 25. The top prop win for players in Game 3 was Miami's Dwyane Wade going over 23.5 - he scored 25, tying his most of the Finals.
Game 4 saw the Heat win 104-98 and OKC took more than 68 percent of the action on the spread at plus-3 and more than 70 percent on the moneyline at +115. Bettors did fare well on the total, with almost 72 percent taking the over 193 points.
The book's top prop from that game was Durant again going under 29.5 points as he finished with 28. He missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left that could have drawn the Thunder within two points and of course would have then put him over that 29.5 number. The best prop for the bettors was on Russell Westbrook over 23.5 points as he finished with 43 and became just the third player in the last 25 seasons to make 20 baskets in a Finals game.
In the Game 5 clincher, Miami won 121-106 in game that was never much in doubt. The Thunder closed as 3.5-point dogs and took a little more than 53 percent of the action. On the moneyline at +135, OKC took nearly 60 percent of the lean. The over 195 points was a big win for bettors. Durant going over 30 points - he had 32 - was the top player prop for bettors.
So while the book was pleased with the results of Games 3-5, the Heat winning the title wasn't in the book's best interests. That's because Miami took more than 63 percent of the action on the pre-Finals series line at +145. Also a big win for players was LeBron taking home the Finals MVP award. He opened as the +160 second-favorite on that prop and took more than 57 percent of the total action as the players' top result for MVP. Another good player prop result for bettors was LeBron putting up a triple-double (26 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) in the clincher. James getting a triple-double in any Finals game paid out at +200 compared to -300 for none.
On the positive side, the bookwas at least pleased the series ended at American Airlines Arena (+150) as the Finals ending in OKC took a vast majority of the lean on that prop at -180. Also a positive was the series not ending in favor of Miami in six games as that would have been the players' top win on that prop +800. Instead it paid out at +650 for Heat in five. The total games in the series at five at +250 also was a solid result for the book as the lean was on six games at +175. The under 5.5 games at +180 was a win for the book as over 5.5 at -220 took the huge lean.
With the NBA draft on Thursday, look for props on that at the book.
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