Is LeBron a good bet on the NBA’s biggest stage?

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We all know by now that this will be the sixth consecutive season featuring LeBron James in the NBA Finals and his seventh Finals appearance overall. We also know that he has won just two NBA titles in his six trips to the Finals.

But what does that mean for bettors? Is LeBron a good bet in the Finals? Or is the Finals the time to fade the “King”?

Well, lets take a look.

James has played in a total of 33 NBA Finals games during his career, posting just a 13-20 record in those games. That’s a winning percentage of just 39.4 percent. So, not the best,

Looking deeper into that number you can see, when LeBron loses a Finals series, it never goes the distance and usually, they end rather quickly, averaging just 5.2 games per Finals. In the four Finals LeBron has lost his record is just 5-16 (23.8 percent).

Unfortunately when it comes to the spread, the numbers look very similar.

LeBron led teams are 13-19-1 against the spread in the Finals, cashing just 40.6 percent of the time. In fact, LeBron has had a winning ATS record just once in the NBA Finals. That was back in 2012, going 4-1 ATS on his way to leading the Miami Heat to the NBA Championship in five games over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Since winning the series versus the Thunder it has been even worse.

LeBron led teams are just 6-12 ATS (33.3 percent) in the three seasons since, including just 3-8 ATS (27.3 percent) in the last two season. LeBron lost both of those Finals.

So while many pundits believe LeBron’s legacy will be shaped by this Finals appearance, bettors should know not to put too much trust in the “King” this time around against Golden State.

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