San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
The San Antonio Spurs look to make it a clean sweep at home as they face Lebron James and the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA finals on Sunday night. The Spurs are -4.5 point favorites over the Miami Heat.
Head to head, the Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio while the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Spurs are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 16-7 ATS in their last 23 NBA Championship games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Heat on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, but just 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
The San Antonio Spurs managed to fight through the tough conditions on Thursday night to make it a perfect 6-for-6 in NBA finals Game 1s as they defeated the visiting Miami Heat 110-95 in the best of seven series. The big three once again led the way for the Spurs as Tim Duncan scored a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tony Parker added 19 points and eights assists and Many Ginobili chipped in with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bech for a San Antonio team that shot 59 percent from the floor in their decisive Game 1 victory.
It wasn’t your typical opening finals game due to the fact that the air-conditioning stopped working after half time, which turned the AT&T Center in some-what of a sauna. The conditions got so bad that Lebron James, who scored a game-high 25 points, didn’t play in the final five minutes of the game due to cramps in his legs, which just so happened to be the time when the Spurs made their run, outscoring the visitors 36-17 in the final term.
So do you think Miami would of been victorious in Game 1 if the air-con had stayed working? The Spurs were effected by it as well, but their best player, which just also happens to be the best player on the planet, didn’t miss the most important part of the game. Who know’s what would of happened, not point speculating now.
Going against the Spurs at home is a scary proposition, but I saw enough from the Heat in Game 1 to suggest they are going to right their with San Antonio in the final minutes. The Spurs probably win, but James and company get the cover this time
Miami Heat +4.5 San Antonio Spurs