San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat - 6/15/14 Game 5
Miami Heat (54-28) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat look to stave off elimination in Game 5 tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.
After getting the split at San Antonio in the first two games of the series, the Heat just haven't been able to keep up the pressure and have quickly fallen behind by 3-1. LeBron James led the way with a game-high 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting in Game 4, but he received next to no help outside of 12 points from Chris Bosh and 10 from Dwyane Wade. Of course the Heat need more scoring from Bosh and Wade, but really it has been the Heat's inability to slow down the Spurs which has absolutely killed them. For the second straight game, the Heat allowed the Spurs to get off to a flyer and simply found themselves trying to claw out from a double-digit deficit, which is pretty disappointing because they were already down 2-1 in the series and are now looking dead in the water with a 3-1 deficit heading back on the road.
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As for the Spurs, they now find themselves just one win away from another NBA championship after a crushing 107-86 win over the Heat in Game 4 thanks to another big night of 20 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Tony Parker addded 19 points while Patty Mills had 14, but it was the complete team effort and the sheer speed of the game that made the athletic Heat look like a tired team. As a team, the Spurs shot over 57 percent from the field after shot 59 percent in Game 3 which really indicates how much trouble the Heat are having in trying to contain the up tempo offense of the Spurs and I can't see that changing too much with the "old and boring" Spurs looking to finish the job back at the AT&T Center.
In ATS trends, the Heat are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings and the Under is 26-12 in the last 38.
I wasn't suprised when the Spurs won Game 3, but I really expected the Heat to bounce back with a narrow win in Game 4 to level the series. Being that this is a championship game, I expect LeBron to step up and have a monster night but I still think the Spurs seal the deal here. I'm expecting this to be my last pick of the season, so thanks for following me and I'll see you again next season.