Bet Heat +4.5 over Spurs for NBA Final Picks

Steven Suarez

Sunday, June 8, 2014 12:26 PM GMT

The Spurs turned up the heat late on their way to a crucial Game 1 win. You know LeBron and company will come out fired up in Game 2 tonight, but are they worth backing with your NBA picks? Find out our favorite play inside.

Odds Overview
Some books have a spread of four, while others have 4.5 on the board, this coming after a 110-95 win for San Antonio in which the home team ended up easily covering as five-point favorites.

The total for tonight's all-important tilt is listed at either 198.5 or 199. For the record, the OVER was an easy winner in Game 1. 

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Miami Heat
Well then. That was interesting.

The air conditioning malfunctioned in Game 1 and LeBron's body couldn't hold up in the closing minutes. He was forced to leave the game and Miami simply fell apart without their superstar out there leading the way.

The Heat were in a great position to win the game before LeBron had to exit. He had 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in close 33 minutes before his body simply gave out.

Dwyane Wade scored 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, while Chris Bosh ended up with 18 points and nine boards in the losing effort. Ray Allen came off the bench to finish with 16 points, three dimes, three boards and five steals, but it still wasn't enough for Miami. They were beat up in the paint by Duncan, Splitter and company and still lost despite 23 turnovers out of the Spurs.

The good news? LeBron is reportedly feeling much better and you have to imagine he's ready to prove why he's the best player on the planet yet again tonight. Let's see if he can carry the Heat to a Game 2 win tonight. 

 

San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs, who covered for the third straight game in these playoffs thanks to their late surge, need to be even more focused now.

They looked as efficient as ever offensively in Game 1, especially when it mattered most in the fourth quarter. Overall San Antonio shot an amazing 58.8 percent overall, 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from beyond the arc, and 77.3 percent (17-of-22) from the line.

Tony Parker looked much more like his old self, scoring 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting while also handing out eight assists. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili was good for a 16/11/5 line with three steals in the win.

It was some of the less talked about players that made the biggest impacts late though, with Danny Green (13 points) hitting a couple huge shots, Boris Diaw (10 rebounds and six assists) making things happen and Tiago Splitter (14 points, four boards, two blocks) also having a solid game.

Gregg Popovich had to be excited what he say from his team in the closing stages of Game 1, but he'll know how important it is for his team to keep plugging away. Will the Spurs rise to the challenge once again?

 

Game 2 Pick
We shouldn't get too carried by Game 1's final score, as the matchup was essentially close throughout, that is until LeBron went out and the Spurs pulled away late. Miami certainly had their chances to take control of the game.

That should give the defending champions confidence they can steal one away on the road and get home-court advantage on their side. We know LeBron isn't going to be dealing with cramps again and we've seen him silence the critics countless times before. Don't be surprised to see it again tonight.

In truth, the Heat had their chances in Game 1 but couldn't close out the right way. Here in Game 2, we think Miami is definitely worth taking at this kind of underdog price in the NBA odds.

NBA Pick: Heat +4.5