NBA Picks: Spurs vs. Heat Game 3 Betting the Spread

Steven Suarez

Monday, June 9, 2014 1:55 PM GMT

LeBron brushed off the haters and put the Heat on his back in a massive Game 2 win. The NBA betting odds for Game 3 are already out and we believe we have a good read on where to go with our sports picks.

Odds Overview
Back at home, where they're still undefeated in the playoffs, Miami will be favored by four points at the top sportsbooks. There's still plenty of time for line movement, so keep checking back with SBRodds.com to find the best possible odds.

For those wanting to make a play on the total in Game 3, you can currently find the number at 198, with 198.5 also available at a few sites. 

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San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs did a much better job of avoiding turnovers – they only gave it away 11 times, as opposed to 23 in Game 1 – yet that still wasn't enough to overcome the determined Heat on Sunday night.

San Antonio wasn't anywhere near as efficient offensively, this time only shooting 43.9 percent from the floor overall. They also struggled at the line, hitting 12-of-20, with both Tony Parker and Tim Duncan missing crucial free throws in the closing minutes.

Duncan still had a huge game for the most part, scoring 18 points with 15 rebounds in close to 38 minutes of action. He went a little quiet in the second half though, with fatigue perhaps playing a small factor.

At the point, Parker finished with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting while handing out seven assists. He turned the ball over just once. Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 19 points, but it seemed like he was trying to do too much down the stretch, forcing some questionable decisions. Meanwhile, Boris Diaw contributed seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the losing effort.

If the Spurs want to win this series though, they're going to have to get more out of Kawhi Leonard, who was held to nine points before fouling out. He was amazing in last year's Finals, but has been disappointing so far. Will he step up in Game 3? 

 

Miami Heat
You had to know LeBron and the Heat would come out with a point to prove after getting so much flak for the way Game 1 ended.

From the opening tip, LeBron was aggressive and he stayed that way throughout. He finished with 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting and chipped in 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals for good measure. The two-time NBA Finals MVP was on fire in the third quarter and that set the tone for Miami's strong finish.

Chris Bosh hit 6-of-11 shots for 18 points, including a huge three with just over a minute to go which gave the Heat a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Dwyane Wade ended up with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, though he won't be too pleased with his game-high five turnovers.

Once again Rashard Lewis turned back the time, hitting three threes and recording 14 total points in the win, while Ray Allen (nine points) and Chris Andersen (nine rebounds) did their jobs in significant bench minutes.

As a team, the Heat shot an impressive 52.9 percent from the field and they actually out-scored the Spurs 44-34 in the paint. If they can maintain that kind of efficiency offensively, they're going to be in a great position to take control of the series.

 

Game 3 Pick
Momentum is back on Miami's side and we expect them to keep it there, at least for one more game.

We wouldn't be surprised at all to see the Spurs take one of these games in South Beach, but we don't think it'll happen in Game 3. The Heat will come out focused on the task at hand and they've held serve at home whenever needed so far in these playoffs.

With the crowd behind them and LeBron looking as locked in as ever, we look for Miami to get the job done and take the 2-1 lead in the series. We're backing them to cover on Tuesday night.

NBA Pick: Heat -4