Matchup: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Heat vs. Spurs – PICK
Total Line: 187.5
The Big Three had a big night this past Thursday in Miami’s crucial 109-93 victory in Game 4 as a one-point road favorite to even this NBA Finals best-of-seven series at two games apiece. The total went OVER the 186-point line in that game and it has now gone OVER in the last two contests after staying UNDER in the first two.
LeBron James led all scorers with 33 points but it was the inspired play of Dwyane Wade that made all the difference in this win. He went 14-for-25 from the field as part of a 32-point night that was easily his best performance of this entire postseason. Chris Bosh also got into the act with 20 points and 13 rebounds in the winning effort. The big question for the Big Three in Game 5 is will they be able to duplicate this effort to regain the edge in this series?
The Spurs’ Tony Parker tweaked his hamstring in Tuesday night’s 113- 77 rout over Miami as two-point home favorites and while he logged over 30 minutes on Thursday night you got the feelings he was far less than 100 percent. He scored 15 points while dishing-out nine assists, but San Antonio has to hope he can return to the form that helped this team go 12-2 straight-up (10-4 against the spread) in the playoffs heading into these Finals.
To get the crucial win this Sunday in their last home game of this series, the Spurs will need a big night from Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili as part of their own trio of stars. It would also help if both Danny Green and Gary Neal can get some more open shots from beyond the arc after lighting it up from three-point range in the last two games. The biggest key could be taking better care of the ball. San Antonio committed 19 turnovers in Game 4 after turning it over a combined 17 times in its previous two games.
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Both fighters in this heavyweight bout have taken their turn delivering their best shots in the first four rounds, but push comes to shove on Sunday night. The Spurs fully realize that it will be extremely difficult to win two games on the road to win this series, so bank on them using this last home game to take the 3-2 lead with the SU win.
San Antonio 104 Miami 98
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