- Dave Tuley, ESPN Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Sunday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals was seen as a pivotal game, with the winner having the assumed upper hand to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
But not so fast, my gambling friends.
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 114-104 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, but the biggest surprise to my Twitter followers Sunday night was that the Heat were still favored to win the series. That's because the Heat are a big 7-point favorite in Tuesday night's Game 6, and the money line for the straight-up win opened around minus-330 (risk $3.30 for every $1 you want to profit), with the potential Game 7 money line expected to be just a little bit lower.
Sure enough, when series prices were updated at sports books offshore and in Las Vegas late Sunday night and early Monday morning, the consensus was right around Heat minus-130/Spurs plus-110.
1dSteve Ilardi and Jeremias Engelmann