NBA Finals: One More Chance to Sop Gambling Gravy Off the Heat's Crazy Streak
From February 3 through March 25, the Miami Heat didn't lose a single NBA basketball game. During that streak, they recorded 27 wins in a row, the second best run at the Lakers' 33-game winning streak of the early '70s in league history, and a two-month salvo that sent the Heat into the post-season as the most prohibitive favorite to win the NBA title since the Bulls of the late '90s.
Along the way during the streak, the Heat were nearly derailed more than a few times and if not for the greatness of LeBron James on several occasions, the streak would have barely registered on the NBA's historical radar.
And yet, as the postseason has unfolded, the Heat are actually on a far more impressive streak as we speak (assuming you're speaking right now, for some reason). Of course, the NBA won't have the talking heads on NBA Countdown breaking down the stats on this streak (although I give Bill Simmons at least a puncher's chance of mentioning it), because it involves that taboo word. The G-word.
During the calendar year of 2013, the Miami Heat have followed up all 12 of their losses with a win. That shouldn't be all that surprising. Hell, if nothing else, with the fact that the Heat win a shit ton more basketball games than they lose, the math would dictate that they should win most of their games after a loss. Still, no two game losing streaks in 2013, including the playoffs, is impressive.
Even more impressive (and lucrative?), The Heat have covered the spread in all 12 of those games after a loss. Now, that's incredible. The spread on a game is the ultimate equalizer, especially in the case of a team as dominant as the Heat, turning potential landslide contests into essentially 50/50 propositions, veritable coin tosses.
The Heat have basically won 12 coin tosses in a row. To put it into a fiscal context, if you had bet $100 on the Heat in the game after all 12 of their losses in 2013 and let it ride, you'd have $409,600.
That's a lot of money!
But wait, there's more!