A couple of thoughts:
1. Let’s take a second and relive Chris Bosh’s game-winning three against the Spurs (the last time these two teams faced each other).
That was different than your “ordinary” game-winning three because the Heat sat Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Mario Chalmers for that game (probably in retaliation to the Spurs resting their stars in an earlier matchup)…and Chris Bosh reverted to Toronto Raptors-Chris Bosh and won that game for the Heat. Against the Spurs, Chris Bosh had 23 points and 9 rebounds — if he can put up those numbers during the Finals, we might see the first NBA Finals sweep in a long time (probably since the Lakers swept the Nets?).
But that’s a big “if”.
2. According to online sports betting site Bovada, the Heat are strongly favored in Game 1 (and in the series). For example, the Heat’s odds of winning Game 1 are 5/12 (which means that in order to win $5, you’d have to risk $12) while San Antonio’s odds of winning Game 1 are 2/1 (which means that in order to win $2, you’d have to risk $1).
The points spread, in case you were wondering, is -5 1/2 for Miami, which means that you Miami’s favored by 5.5 points by the odds makers (they use 5.5 so that you have to pick whether Miami’s favored by 5 or less, or 6 or more).
But what do you guys think? Who wins Game 1? Vote now!