Matchup: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
Date/Time: Thursday, June 6, 9 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Miami -5.5
Total Line: 194
After an extended nine-day layoff as a result of a four-game sweep over Memphis in the Western Conference Finals, San Antonio will be back in action on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs are hoping to pick-up where they left off after going 12-2 straight-up and 10-4 against the spread in their first 14 playoff games this year. They started by sweeping the Lakers in four games in the opening round and then they eliminated Golden State in six by winning the final two games of that series by a combined 30 points.
This impressive run has been fueled by veterans such as Tony Parker (23 points and 7.2 assists) and Tim Duncan (17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds) but the team as a whole has played at a high level with 101.6 points a game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. San Antonio has averaging 42.9 rebounds while committing just 12 turnovers over the course of its first three series.
Miami cruised through its first two playoff matchups with an 8-1 SU record (6-3 ATS) by eliminating Milwaukee in four games and Chicago in five. The only setback was a 93-86 loss in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against the Bulls as a 12.5-point home favorite. The conference finals against Indiana was a whole other story as the Pacers pushed this series the distance before a 99-76 romp in Game 7 as seven-point home favorites propelled the Heat to their third-straight appearance in the NBA Finals.
As expected, much of the credit for another Miami title run has to go to the elevated play of LeBron James. He has led the team in scoring(26.2 points), rebounds (7.3) and assists (6.4) while single-handedly carrying it to a crucial 90-79 victory in Game 5 with a third quarter performance for the ages. The Heat are averaging 97.2 points a game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from three-point range. They are pulling down an average of 37.4 rebounds and turning the ball over 13.5 times a game.
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Look for Miami to take advantage of the Spurs’ rusty start to build an early lead on Thursday night, but in the end this game remains close enough for San Antonio to cover with the 5.5 points.
Miami 106 San Antonio 103
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