LeBron James may get all the ink and the accolades, but Tony Parker is getting all the wins.
TP led the way, once again, for his San Antonio Spurs in Thursday night's opening game of the NBA Championship series, tossing in 21 points, including the final two that iced the game, as the Spurs stole home-court advantage with a 92-88 victory in Miami.
San Antonio won outright Thursday as five-point road dogs, and while getting upwards of +185 on the Game 1 NBA basketball betting odds menu. It was the seventh time in eight games that the Spurs have won as an underdog of six or less points.
Suddenly, the Spurs have seen their price on their odds to win the NBA championship drop from the +200 range to as low as -120.
San Antonio trailed for much of Game 1, but of course, even going against the defending league champs, the Spurs are never out of anything.
They began the fourth quarter down by three points, but slowly, on the strength of some great defense, San Antonio took over, and held a six-point lead with four minutes to go.
Miami got within two points on a couple of James free-throws with 30 seconds to go, but with the shot clock running out - and we mean “running out” in the panic-stricken sense – Parker tossed in a leaner that provided the Spurs with the final winning cushion.
James posted a triple-double in Game 1, but “only” took 16 shots, the same amount taken by Chris Bosh. San Antonio wisely made James give up the ball on multiple occasions, and his Heat teammates just couldn't hit enough shots to make the Spurs change their defensive ways.
San Antonio outscored Miami 23-16 in the fourth quarter Thursday night; maybe that 10 days off between clinching the Western Conference title and Game 1 of the Finals helped.
Game 2 of this series will be played Sunday night (8 pm ET, ABC) also in Miami. In the early Game 2 betting most NBA betting outlets were listing the Heat at -6, with an OVER/UNDER of 188.
Bovada had the line at -5.5 as of Friday and OddsShark.com had 61% of the betting consensus on San Antonio.