Matchup: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 11, 9 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: San Antonio -2.5
Total Line: 187.5
It has been a tale of two halves in the NBA Finals so far. In Game 1 of this best-of-seven series Miami faded in the fourth quarter to fall 92-88 as a five-point home favorite. This past Sunday night it ran away from the Spurs in the second half of a five-point ball game to cruise to a 103-84 victory as a 6.5-point favorite at home to even things up at one game apiece. The total stayed UNDER the 189.5-point line in both games.
The key to the Heats’ win in Game 2 was a much better shooting performance from the field. After connecting on just 43.6 percent of their attempts from the field and 32 percent from three-point range in last Thursday’s loss they shot 49.6 percent from the field and a blazing 52.6 percent from beyond the arc to pace the win. LeBron James accounted for 17 points but it was Mario Chalmer’s game-high 19 points on 50 percent shooting that led the way. Miami has also done an excellent job taking care of the ball with a total of just 14 turnovers in the two games.
Everything that San Antonio did right to gain the early edge in this series went wrong down the stretch on Sunday night to even things up. The veteran combination of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan accounted for 41 of the Spurs’ 92 points in Game 1, but they were held to a combined 22 points in Sunday’s loss. The team as a whole shot just 41 percent from the field and turned the ball over 17 times after giving it away just four times in Game 1.
The Spurs still dominated the boards by outrebounding Miami 44-36 and they hit 10-of-20 attempts from three-point range behind Danny Green’s 5-for-5 night. Getting the win in Tuesday night’s Game 3 comes down to doing a much better job of taking care of the ball especially in the fourth quarter of this game.
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Most people expected this series to be a back-and-forth battle until the end and every indication so far points in that direction. With San Antonio back home for the first of three games, look for a much better all-around effort that leads to a 2-1 series edge in a victory that covers the 2.5 points. San Antonio 93 Miami 89
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