The Miami Heat take on the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon before the Super Bowl, so it figures that LeBron James would make his way into the prop bets as well.
How many points will James score vs. how many points will the 49ers total? Winner takes all. James averages 26.5 points per game and the 49ers have put up 36.5 in the postseason and 24.8 a game during the regular season.
The 49ers are currently on a stretch that suggests they'll total more than 30 points against the Ravens. But the last time these two teams faced, Thanksgiving 2011, the Ravens won 16-6.
The betting whizzes also figure they can match up the NBA's reigning MVP to the Ravens' defensive leader, Ray Lewis. The bet asks which will be higher, LeBron James' total rebounds and assists, or Lewis' tackles and assists.
James averages 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game, a combined total at 15.4 per game. Lewis is averaging 14.66 combined tackles in the postseason. With the Heat facing the Raptors, a team that allows 99.9 points per game (23d in the NBA), James is expected to play to his averages. But projecting assists and rebounds, two highly fluctuating statistics, can be troublesome. It's also possible that the Heat could blow out the Raptors, who are 16-30 as of Friday morning.
Meanwhile, Lewis is facing a run-heavy 49ers team. He'll be on the field more than enough to reach his current postseason average. Lewis is more than likely to take the edge in this scenario.