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For the first time in his career, James will face one of his former teams in the best-of-seven championship series.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat begin their title showdown Wednesday inside the Orlando bubble after both teams closed out victories over the weekend.
The Lakers, with James and Anthony Davis in tow, are understandably the favorites to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy. That is reflected in the Game 1 betting line.
Miami proved throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs that it will not back away from a challenge, and its experience against Milwaukee and Boston could help it remain close for four quarters Wednesday.
NBA Finals Game 1 Information
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN.com or ESPN app
Miami (+166) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-4.5; -198) (Over/Under: 217.5)
Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
The Lakers and Heat both recorded three wins with over 110 points in the conference finals round.
If that production carries over into Game 1 with a few extra days to rest, the over/under may be the best play Wednesday.
However, the Game 1 history of both teams in the bubble and the totals from the last five NBA Finals openers suggest the over could produce much more of a sweat than wanted.
In the last five NBA Finals, an average of 214 points has been scored in Game