Boring or not, efficiency wins for Spurs

Jun 19, 2007 6:10 AM

Winning four NBA Titles in nine years would qualify the San Antonio Spurs as a DYnasty. For sure, it was NASTY.

No telling how far the Spurs-Cavs set basketball back in terms of betting interest and attracting viewers. TV ratings were at an all-time low. Even LaBron James couldn’t gather enough witnesses to alter the jury’s decision.

Word has it Paris Hilton may be required to watch all four games as part of her jail sentence.

So much for the frivolity, the Spurs are professionals. They have no weakness, are fully confident, brilliantly coached and able to get the best out of every player on the roster. They also cover bets, most of the time.

Except for Game 4. As a 3-point favorite, San Antonio appeared to have the spread under control after taking an eight-point lead with less than a minute left in the game. Then the usually stellar Spurs guard Manu Ginobili fouled Damon Jones outside the 3-point line and all heck broke loose.

Jones hit all three free throws, canned two-other 3s and the Cavs added another one from James.

The second Jones 3-pointer at the buzzer was the dagger. Of course, everyone betting the Cavs was delighted with the 84-83 final score. The four-game sweep has solidified San Antonio as a 5/2 favorite at Caesars Palace to win the 2008 NBA title. Cleveland rates fourth best at 5/1, best in the Eastern Conference.

Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago and Detroit were the only other teams Caesars listed in single digit odds. Highest on the board was the Boston Celtics at 125/1. Red Auerbach is turning over in his grave.

Back to the Spurs. If you are a San Antonio fan, perhaps the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook is the place for you. It’s opening price of 5/1 rates San Antonio just third.

Dallas and Phoenix head the list at 7/2 to win the 2008 NBA title. Cleveland follows San Antonio at 7/1. Detroit is the next best at 10/1 and it goes on up to a five-way scrum at 300/1 between Boston, Memphis, Indiana, Philadelphia and Sacramento. If Larry Brown is hired by the Kings, 300/1 is nice.