How to bet Game 7 of NBA Finals

Where does the betting value lie in the final NBA game of the season?

Originally Published: June 19, 2013
By Dave Tuley | ESPN Insider

Ray AllenNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesRay Allen kept Miami's hopes for a title alive with a clutch 3-pointer. What will happen in Game 7?

LAS VEGAS -- With the Miami Heat forcing a Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs, Thursday night will be must-see TV on ABC (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

The Heat prevailed 103-100 in overtime Tuesday after trailing by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter and were still down 5 with 21 seconds left in regulation. It was the 13th time they had avoided back-to-back losses since their losses on Jan. 8 and 10, but it was the first time in that stretch they had failed to cover the spread, as they closed as a 7-point home favorite.

As most people following the series know, these teams have alternated wins, with the Spurs winning the odd-numbered games and the Heat winning the even (note: The Heat also did this in the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers and have alternated wins and losses for 13 straight games -- 12 if you don't count the first game, for the nitpickers out there). But Game 6 was the first time in the NBA Finals that the winning team didn't also cover and the point spread actually came into play. The over also is 4-2, as the first two games stayed under but the past four games have gone over the betting total (the Game 6 result comes with an asterisk, as the consensus over/under was 192 and it was tied 95-95 at the end of regulation).

Let's look at where the betting value lies in Game 7.

Dave Tuley has covered the Las Vegas race and sports book scene since 1998 and runs his own website,