Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/26/14
San Antonio Spurs (33-10) at Miami Heat (31-12)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
Miami will finally have a chance to silence those critics when it hosts the San Antonio Spurs Sunday afternoon. The Heat have been widely criticized for coasting this season and not really interested in the games at hand. Well, a matchup against last year’s national championship runners-up should earn their attention.
Even with the Heat looking disinterested, they’ve still won four of their last five and Chris Bosh has really stepped his game up. With Dwyane Wade resting his knees on the sidelines, the forgotten man in Miami has scored more than 20 points in five of the last six games, including 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Good news for Miami, Wade hopes to play in this game after resting his body over the previous four matchups.
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The Spurs continue to do what the Spurs do: win. They’ve won eight of their last 10 and are one of the most balanced teams in the league. However, they did receive disappointing news with the loss of small forward Kawhi Leonard, who will miss the next month with an injured hand. Still, with the help of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs continue to set the bar in the Western Conference.
As for this game, I see Miami showing up in a big way. It’s on national television, the whole NBA world will be watching and it’s a chance to make a statement to the rest of the league. The Heat have got to be tired of Indiana stealing all of their shine. There’s no better way to reenter the spotlight with a big win over one of the top teams in the league.
The Heat have stepped their defense up as of late and is finally getting big time offensive performances from others guys not named LeBron James. With Wade possibly back in the lineup and a packed American Airlines Arena, look for the Heat to pull away late in the fourth. No catchy trends this time, just a gut feeling with this being a good spot to finally back the defending champs.