By Ben Golliver
The Heat are trying to go where no NBA team has gone before -- winning 34 straight games -- and one oddsmaker gives them a decent chance to get it done.
Bovada.LV gives the Heat 6-to-1 odds of breaking the 1971-1972 Lakers' NBA record of 33 consecutive wins, which will require Miami to win its next 11 games. The oddsmaker set the over/under on the Heat's winning streak, which reached 23 after Monday's victory in Boston, at 29.
LeBron James and company have significantly improved their title odds during their current run, which began after a Feb. 1 loss in Indiana. Immediately after the All-Star break in mid-February, Miami had 3-to-2 odds to win the NBA Finals; Now, Bovada gives them 11-to-10 odds to repeat as champions. That movement hasn't dissuaded bettors.
"The Heat are always a heavily bet team and due to their current streak their spreads are reflecting this, so I would not say they are more heavily bet on a daily basis on the spread," Bovada Sports Book manager Kevin Bradley said in a statement. "However, even at 11/10, they are still seeing the highest volume of money wagered on them to win the title."
For the truly adventurous, the Heat are 10-to-1 odds to go 16-for-16 and win out their remaining regular=season schedule, which would give them 68 victories.