San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat NBA Finals Series Prediction, Odds, Pick
Miami Heat (54-28) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -120 See the Latest Odds
We played several months of NBA basketball and many weeks of playoffs to determine that the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are the two best teams in the league and should be playing again for the championship.
The Spurs wanted this matchup mainly because of what happened last season. They think they will right a wrong, and believe they have what it takes to prevent a Miami three-peat.
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Sorry, but I just can’t pick against the Heat in this series, especially when the two-time champs are getting the plus money.
LeBron James is shooting above 56 percent from the field in the playoffs and Dwyane Wade looks like he’s 24 again, also shooting above 50 percent from the field. This deadly duo is averaging more than 45 points per game and unlike Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, you can count on those two to play at an elite level each game. While the Spurs have five players averaging more than 10 points during the playoffs, they lack that go-to guy who can take over a game, especially in the final minutes. They will need that guy because there’s no doubt these games will be tight.
Another thing you have to be concerned about as a Spurs backer is the injury to Tony Parker. Parker is the Spurs leading scorer in the playoffs, but an injured foot is a big question mark entering this series. But even then, Parker made just 10 field goals in the two games they played the Heat this season. Miami has defenders who can slowdown Parker and force the offense to go elsewhere. Dallas, Portland and Oklahoma City all played questionable defense against the Spurs.
There’s no point in throwing out numbers, as these two teams are about as evenly matched as they come. It’d be like splitting hairs.
However, the Heat have the difference makers in Wade and James, two players who can put their team on their back when need be and have lost only one playoff series in the entire time playing with one another.
At plus money, I’m pounding the hell out of the Heat. I suggest you do the same.