The San Antonio Spurs look to take a 2-0 lead on Sunday in the NBA Finals when they face the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center. On Thursday, the Spurs defeated the Heat in Game 1 of the best of seven series 110-95.
San Antonio is currently a favorite by 4.5 points on Bovada and sportsbook.com. The point total for Game 2 on topbet and betonline is now 198.5. The price for the series has San Antonio -240 and Miami +200. The Spurs were -135 prior to Game 1.
The Spurs win on Thursday was marred somewhat by the air-conditioning failing at the arena, which Miami says helped to cause LeBron James’s leg cramps that forced him to play just over 5 minutes in the crucial fourth quarter.
The Spurs out scored Miami in that quarter 36-17, including a run of 16-3 to end the game.
The combined points of 205 scored in Game 1, easily covered the over/under line of 198.5. The OVER has cashed in 12 of the 16 playoff games Miami has played and 11 of the 19 San Antonio has played.
The past four games in the NBA Finals these two rivals have played head to head have cashed on the OVER.
San Antonio is 8-0 SU as well as ATS over its past eight games at home. The average victory margin in those eight games is 22 points, with the smallest margin during that stretch being 15 points.
Miami is 2-4 SU as well as ATS over its past six games on the road. However, the Heat is an impressive 12-0 SU and 11-1 ATS over their past 12 games in the playoffs following a SU loss.
The Heat lost Game 1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, but won Game 2.
Most eyes will be focused on James for Sunday’s game. Even though James played just 33 minutes, he scored 25 points. If the Heat hopes to steal a win in San Antonio James will need to score a minimum of 30 points.
Miami’s bench was outscored in Game 1 by 14 points.
Tony Parker scored 19 points and handed out 8 assists on a sore ankle. Danny Green scored 11 points during the decisive fourth quarter for San Antonio.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs in scoring with 21 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds.
Miami is 5-0 SU in a Game 2 following a loss in Game 1. Miami has followed each of their past 12 losses in the postseason with a SU win.
The OVER might be the easiest of the line to take at 198.5. In 12 of the past 16 games, Miami has played in the postseason the point total has cashed to the OVER.
Pick: I like Miami ATS and San Antonio SU in a tight battle, with the OVER cashing as well.