San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat is 4-point home favorites tonight over the San Antonio Spurs tonight.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 198. The Heat have posted consecutive impressive home wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. These victories came following five consecutive losses, a streak some thought impossible from a team featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. But now another major test comes for the Heat courtesy of the San Antonio Spurs, owners of the best record in the NBA at 54-12.
Miamis mental toughness came into question, not to mention its status as an elite team, during the five-game losing streak that included a blown 24-point home lead to Orlando, a 30-point road loss to the Spurs and a one-point home loss to Chicago. During this five-game skid, Miami averaged 91.8 points. Thats 10 points down from their 101.6 season average per game. Then, in perhaps their most crucial game of the season, the Heat defeated the Lakers, 94-88, this past Thursday as 1-pot home underdogs. The Lakers brought an eight-game winning streak into the matchup. Now the Heat appear back on track following their most impressive showing of the year, destroying Memphis, 118-85, on Saturday night as 7-point home favorites.Â The combined 203 points went er the 197-point total. Wade and James enjoyed huge games in the blowout. James scored 27 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter. Wade had a dazzling line of 28 points, nine assists, five rebounds and five blocked shots. As criticized as the Heat have been this season, they still were within 2-games of Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
San Antonio keeps winning but hasnt been highly motivated. The Spurs are 8-3 in their last 11 games, but just 3-8 against the spread. The Spurs did cover in their last game, defeating Houston this past Saturday, 115-107, as one-point road underdogs. The combined 222 points went er the 211-point total. The Rockets had won seven of their first nine games following the All-Star break going into their matchup against San Antonio. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 21 points. Manu Ginobili chipped in 19 points while Antonio McDyess had 12 points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio has covered in eight of its last eleven road games.
The Spurs buried the Heat, 125-95, when they hosted them on March 4. San Antonio was 2 -point favorites and the combined 220 points went er the 195-point total.Â I look for Miami to seek revenge in tonights game.Â I expect the Heat to win and cover tonight.Â I am laying the 4-points and taking the Heat.
Miami Heat -4 San Antonio Spurs