The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs provided plenty of thrills and chills last season when they were battling it out in the NBA Finals. They are once again among the league’s elite, and something special is liable to happen when they get together. That is one of the reasons it has the showcase spot on the Thursday TNT schedule. At the moment they are both #2 in their respective conferences, but as basketball betting commences at 8 PM ET the people who’ll be watching know that this could well be a preview of a championship rematch.
And it is altogether possible that both of them could carry a home court advantage throughout their half of the playoff draw, because they are both within a game and a half of the lead. Miami is 43-15 straight-up, which trails the Indiana Pacers, and they are 27-29 versus the number. San Antonio, which is behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, stands at 44-16 and has a 29-31 mark against the NBA odds.
San Antonio Spurs -2
Miami Heat +2
Over 209 points -110
Under 209 points -110
These teams have met once this season, in Miami on January 26, and the Heat came away with a 113-100 win where they led San Antonio by eight points at the half but led by as much as 29 at one point. Both teams shot extremely well in the game; San Antonio was 50% from the field, but Miami was red-hot, at 58%, and also nailed 19 of 20 attempts at the free throw line.
In all fairness to the Spurs, they went into that game short on personnel; they were missing Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter, all of whom are members of the starting lineup. Yes, they failed to cover as a 3.5-point underdog in the NBA basketball odds, but now they are coming at the Heat with a relatively healthy team, as all three of those aforementioned players will be in action on Thursday night.
LeBron James, who is always looking for some extra motivation, will find some. James, who is playing with a protective mask, poured in a franchise record of 61 points against Charlotte on Monday night, and apparently was so worn out from that effort that he didn’t have anything left in the tank for the second half of the game against Houston the next night, making just one field goal as the Heat fell 106-103 at the Toyota Center, putting an end to their eight-game winning streak.
As VietBet customers know, the two-time defending champions had been a money-making proposition during that stretch, going 6-0-2 against the basketball betting lines, but in their last two contests the Heat have allowed the opposition to shoot 51% from the field. If there is a team that shoots almost as well as Miami, it is San Antonio, which is nearly 49% overall and hits just a shade under 50% at the AT&T Center,.
The Spurs have won four games in a row and seven of their last eight. Like the Heat, they have been making a move on the top spot in their conference as the Thunder had some difficulty re-adjusting to having Russell Westbrook back in their lineup. Kudos obviously must go to coach Gregg Popovich for being able to manage personnel through the injury absences of so many people. In their last effort they cruised to a 120-101 victory at Cleveland, with 39 assists and just eleven turnovers. They covered as a 7.5-point favorite, and have now played eight of their last ten games over the total as it has been represented in the NBA betting lines.
As the Heat come in for this visit, it should be acknowledged that aside from the back-and-forth Finals series these two played against each other last June, where the sight of fans walking out of the American Airlines Arena in Game 6, as they thought their team had lost, is a lasting image, the Spurs have lost five straight regular season encounters with Miami.
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