Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs - 6/10/14
San Antonio Spurs (62-20) at Miami Heat (54-28)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The series shifts back to Miami as Lebron James and the Heat square off against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA finals.
Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U win. The Spurs on the other hand are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall, but just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games.
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With the air-con pumping through the AT&T Center, a cool Lebron James guided his team to a series-tying 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 on Sunday night in the best of seven NBA final series. You knew the King was always going to have a big game following the criticism he copped after cramping up in the latter stages of Game 1 (due to the air-con failing) and that he did, scoring a game-high 35 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in a close fought battle. Just to demonstrate the importance of James (who didn’t play in the final four minutes of Game 1 when the Spurs made their massive run), the Heat outscored San Antonio by 11 points and shot 60.4 percent with him on the court.
If you really step back and look at the first two games of this series as a whole, you would have to say that the Miami Heat came out on top despite playing away from home. Like I said in my Game 2 article, the Heat could of very well won Game 1 if the air-con hadn’t stopped working. Having said that, if Miami ended up taking Game 1, then you know the Spurs would of ran away with things in Game 2 had they been trailing in this series. If your a Miami fan, you have to feel pretty good about things after the first two games.
Just like Games 1 and 2, I see this one coming down to the wire once again. I don’t think home court advantage matters that much with these two teams to be honest. They are both veteran squads that are accustomed to dealing with hostile crowds in pressure situations. Not sure who wins this one, probably Miami, but it’s going to come down to the wire once again...
Dan’s Pick: San Antonio +4
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