The nation let out a collective sigh of disgust on Saturday as a slew of Rajon Rondo turnovers, missed shots and complete lack of LBJ¬†defense¬†led to a Heat win ¬†Eastern Conference finals. ¬†Those that hate King James and the evil empire should take¬†solace in the fact that bookmakers have the Heat as underdogs in the Finals. ¬†After opening at a price of -155 the ¬†Thunder are now weighing in at roughly a -165 series price which leads to an implied win probability of 62.26%. ¬†The odds do¬†fluctuate¬†a bit from book to book, so we broke down series prices from some of the major players (as of 8:30 EST 06/11/12):
This is the first series of the playoffs that Miami has been the underdog. ¬†Of course, with the Thunder coming in as the¬†favorite, it’s no¬†surprise¬†that KD is the leader to win the series MVP. ¬†Here are the current MVP lines from 5Dimes:
The odds skew towards the bigger stars on each team, ¬†Durant ¬†at -135 and ¬†James at +110. ¬†While Lebron has looked dominant, remember that during last year’s Finals performance, Wade averaged¬†26.5 points and 7.0 rebounds,while James averaged just17.8 points, and 7.1 rebounds.
So for all of you saddened by the Heat’s win (and cover) vs. Boston in the Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, have no fear as at least you have the bookmakers on your side for this series.