After a pair of Conference Finals series that matched those from last year, basketball fans are in for a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals as well. Will the déjà vu give those betting on the NBA an advantage when they’re picking their winner? The San Antonio Spurs are another year older, sure, but then again so are the Miami Heat.
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In case you haven’t noticed by now, although San Antonio is constantly written off as too old to contend, they have a tendency to defy all expectations time and time again. In fact, the experience seems to have only made them stronger.
According to oddsmakers, despite Miami’s back-to-back titles, the Spurs are favored to win in 2014 with -125 odds. Have Tim Duncan and the gang actually improved from the last few seasons? And on that note, which direction are the Heat trending?
As +105 underdogs, the Heat suddenly have Dwyane Wade’s age to think about, and the sheer workload of LeBron James. Suddenly San Antonio’s longevity doesn’t seem to be as much of a factor.
Also favored with a -3.5 spread for Game 1 – scheduled for Thursday – the time is now for the Spurs to act in the twilight of their stars’ career. Might a championship mark the end of an era for Duncan and the gang?
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