The stage is now set for the biggest basketball clash of the year. It is now between Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. Miami, the favorites at the online betting sites all along, won the Eastern Conference, easily taking down Chicago 4 games to 1. In the Western Conference Dallas had pulled a surprise when they beat LA Lakers 4 games to 0 in the Conference semi finals. The finals will begin on May 31 and will end somewhere between June 7 and June 14, depending on when one of the team reaches the magic number of 4 wins.
Online basketball betting sites are offering odds for the outright winner of the 2010/11 NBA season. Bodog.com offers 8/5 for Dallas and 1/2 for Miami. These odds are broadly consistent with the offers being made at other online betting sites. Bet365.com offers the same odds for Dallas but marginally longer odds for Miami at 5/9. If you want to bet on Miami then Bet365.com is a better online betting site.
Bet365.com has several other markets for the NBA finals. A popular bet is the correct series score. The score with the shortest odds is 4 games to 3 win for Miami. The odds are 3/1. Basketball fans around the world will be keeping their fingers crossed that this actually happens. The least likely score is 4 games to 0 win for Dallas with odds of 22/1. The Dallas fans will not mind this at all, but one has to be brave or foolhardy to back this bet. A similar bet is after which game the series will finish. After four games is a time to take stock, unless one team makes a clean sweep. Bets are offered on which team will be leading after four games and also the score after four games.
The online betting site Bet365.com has also opened markets for the first game of the NBA finals. These include the regular lines and also prop bets. Bet365.com will be offering live betting on this game as well.
Will Miami maintain the heat or will Dallas play the maverick? The answer will be known soon.