NBA Play-off Finals – Best Bets

Both San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have taken one game a-piece so far in the NBA finals, leaving the score tied going into game three. Last game saw Miami steal a late win on their visit to San Antonio, with LeBron James hitting a game-high 35 points to show once again showing why he is arguably the highest regarded player in NBA today (despite Kevin Durant's MVP award!). Game three sees the series land in Miami in what will be the first of two straight home games for the Heat and we take a look at some of the best bets to consider for the rest of the series.

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Game 3 – Over 197.5 points total

With two high scoring games in the series so far, game three is likely to be no different, given both sides are looking to pull ahead in the series. Miami will be looking to build on Sunday's narrow, two-point win and have the home support to do so, while the Spurs will be itching to respond and steal a win on Heat soil. Either way, this game is destined for points. Bet365 offer both over and under 197.5 points in the game at a price of 10/11, so even if the game looks set to be a low-scorer, you can place a stake on the other selection in-play, in order to minimise losses.

Finals MVP – Heat's LeBron James or Spurs' Tim Duncan

Where else to start but these two? LeBron essentially carried the Heat to a game-two victory over the Spurs, netting 35 points and chipping in with ten rebounds and three assists to carry them over the line. He is the early priced favourite with the series tied at one-one, at 5/7, to end the series with the MVP trophy. Duncan meanwhile, is James' closest rival to the award and has offered plenty of signs that he could be looking to eclipse the two-time MVP. With 21 and 18 points in the games that have been played in the series already, Duncan could be worth a punt at the price of 11/4, while his San Antonio teammate Tony Parker should also be watched, currently priced at 3/1.

When will the series finish? – Game 6

At a price of 11/8, Game 6 looks set to be the safest bet in regards to when the 2014 series will end and the NBA can crown a new champion. The Heat proved their mettle with a 98-96 win in San Antonio's backyard on Sunday and that should provide enough momentum to ensure they go on to win their back-to-back home fixtures. Should that happen, the series will stand at 3-1 in Miami's advantage going into the game five, which is to be hosted by the Spurs. Two away defeats will need to be rectified and Tony Parker and his men are likely to dig deep to keep the series alive, but only for an extra fixture, as Miami will likely go on to win game six in Miami, winning the series at a score of 4-2.

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