Matchup: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 9 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Miami -7
Total Line: 190.5
San Antonio opened this best-of-seven showdown with a 92-88 victory in Game 1 as a five-point underdog on the road. It took a 2-1 edge with a 113-77 beatdown of the Heat as two-point home favorites in Game 3 and has now regained a 3-2 advantage by virtue of this past Sunday’s 114-104 win as a one-point underdog at home. The total has gone OVER in the last three games of this series after staying UNDER in the first two.
To seal the deal with a victory on Tuesday night, the Spurs are going to need Tony Parker at full strength after he injured his hamstring earlier in the series. They will also need a big night from Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobilo, who broke out of his postseason slump in a big way on Sunday night with 24 points and 10 assists. It would also help tremendously if Danny Green can remain hot from three-point range. He has already set a new record for making the most three-point shots in a NBA Finals series.
The Heat will look to the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to even things up again in this back-and-forth heavyweight bout for their second-straight NBA title. These three combined for 85 points in last Thursday’s 109-93 victory in Game 4 as one-point road favorites. They racked-up another 66 points in Sunday’s loss but got a solid effort from Ray Allen. He chipped-in another 21 points while going 7-for-10 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range.
When Miami shoots the ball better than its 46.9 percent average in the playoffs, it usually wins. On Sunday, the team hit just 43 percent from the field as compared to a blazing 60 percent shooting performance from the Spurs. The Heat have also prospered when they keep the battle under the boards close in terms of total rebounds as well as limiting their turnovers to less than or equal to its respectable 12.9 postseason average. When it excels in all three of these categories, Miami is almost next to impossible to beat
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Despite some lopsided wins and losses along the way, this series appeared destined to go the distance from the opening tip of Game 1. Do not expect things to change now as Miami comes away with a fairly easy win on Tuesday night for force a deciding Game 7 this Thursday night.
Miami 104 San Antonio 94
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