Nobody expected the Miami Heat to survive the first round of the playoffs this year, with event their own fans thinking they may not even advance out of the play-in tournament. Now, the Heat are just one win away from returning to the NBA Finals and possibly becoming the biggest underdog ever to win an NBA Championship.
Until this past week, US sportsbooks have greatly undervalued the Heat. Even as Miami advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, their odds stayed far behind the other three remaining teams. That went counter to feeling of many NBA fans, meaning the sportsbooks could now be vulnerable.
Below we will review how the Heat got to this point and why bookmakers will be cheering hard for the field to take home the NBA Championship.