Matchup: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Date/Time: Thursday, June 13, 9 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: San Antonio -1.5
Total Line: 187.5
Miami suddenly finds itself in an early must-win situation in these NBA Finals after getting routed 113-77 on Tuesday night as a two-point road underdog in Game 3. It now trails the Spurs two games to one heading into Thursday’s crucial Game 4. The total went OVER the 187.5-point closing line in the lopsided loss after staying UNDER the 189.5-point line in the first two contests. The loss dropped the Heat to 4-5 both straight-up and against the spread in their last nine games. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six outings.
This series is coming down to which team shoots the ball the best on any given night. That honor certainly did not belong to Miami on Tuesday night after hitting just 40.8 percent of its shots from the field. LeBron James put the ball up 21 times and connected just seven times. It also did not help that the Heat were once again manhandled under the boards; getting outrebounded 52-36.
Through San Antonio’s first 16 games in its march to a NBA title Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and to a lesser extent Manu Ginobili were the names you heard associated with a 13-3 SU (11-5 ATS) record. Tuesday night’s win was provided by a pair of sharp shooters that found their range at just the right time. Danny Green scored a game-high 27 points while going 7-for-9 from three-point range. Gary Neal was almost as deadly with 24 points that was fueled by a 6-for-10 night from beyond the arc.
Overall, the Spurs are averaging 100.7 points a game in the playoffs while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range. They are also averaging 43.2 rebounds a game while doing a great job at taking care of the ball with an average of just 11.9 turnovers over the course of the 17-game run. The one main concern for Thursday night is Tony Parker’s hamstring. He tweaked it in the second half of Game 3 and is awaiting the results of a scheduled MRI to determine his playing status for Thursday night.
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This series is reminiscent of a heavyweight title bout in boxing. Each conference champion has taken its turn at delivering some pretty strong blows to his opponent through the first three games. Even if Parker is good to go, look for Miami to return the favor of Tuesday night’s embarrassment with a much better showing in Game 4 that evens this series at two games apiece.
Miami 94 San Antonio 90
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