NBA Finals: Heat vs. Spurs Betting the Total in Game 1

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:47 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014 2:47 PM UTC

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are two of the more dynamic offensive teams in the league, which will lead to a high-scoring affair in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals.
<p style="text-align:center"><span><iframe frameborder="0" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20421" height="330" width="560"></iframe></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let’s take a closer look at </span><a style="font-size:1em" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Betting Odds!" href="">the pro basketball odds</a><span style="font-size:1em"> for the opening game of this high-profile matchup at the AT&amp;T Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.</span></p> <p>[gameodds]5/295575/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>A Major Test<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">LeBron James has been on teams that opened <a target="_blank" title="NBA Finals: Heat vs. Spurs Series Price" href="/picks/nba/nba-finals-heat-vs-spurs-series-price/39942/">playoff series</a> on the road seven times, which has resulted in a forgettable 0-7 record—losing those contests by an average of 12.3 points.</span></p> <p>The Heat are 4-3 on the road during the 2014 NBA playoffs, while they’ve advanced past the Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets and Indians Pacers to reach this stage.</p> <p>NBA handicappers will find that the franchise is 0-3 as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points since the start of the regular season.</p> <p> </p> <p><b>Perfection<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">San Antonio has proven victorious in each of its five Game 1’s in the finals, including a 92-88 triumph over Miami as five-point road underdogs a year ago.</span></p> <p>The Spurs are certainly capable of duplicating that effort, considering they’ve outscored opponents by an average of 10.3 points at home since the start of the regular season.</p> <p>Since the 2011-12 campaign, the squad is 18-12 as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points, with the OVER going 24-6 in that situation.</p> <p> </p> <p><b>Bench Play<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Heat bench has outscored the opponents bench in 11 of 15 postseason games, but they’ll have a hard time accomplishing that feat against the Spurs—a team that employed 30 different lineups and featured 17 different starters.</span></p> <p>San Antonio didn’t have a member of its roster that averaged 30 minutes of action during the regular season, which led to its reserves averaging an NBA-best 45.1 points per game.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a target="_blank" title="Take a Look at the 2014 NBA Finals Odds Breakdown!" href="/picks/nba/2014-nba-finals-odds-breakdown/39943/"><em>Take a Look at the 2014 NBA Finals Odds Breakdown!</em></a></p> <p><b>Parker<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Point guard Tony Parker missed the second half of the Spurs’ series-clinching victory over the Thunder last Saturday, but all signs point to him being available for Game 1.</span></p> <p>It’s imperative that San Antonio has Parker on the floor for at least 30 minutes a game, as he leads the postseason with 195 drives to the basket.  </p> <p> </p> <p><b>Prediction<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA Picks for the 2014 NBA Finals!" href="/picks/nba/">their NBA picks</a>, as the OVER is 5-2 in the last seven overall meetings between these two teams.</span></p> <p><b>MLB Pick: </b> Over 198.5</p>
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