Desperation in South Beach
The Heat will be entertaining the Spurs in Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals on Thursday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida with the opening tip slated for 9:05 PM ET. The Spurs hold a 2-1 lead in the series following a convincing 111-92 road win in Game 3. According to tonight’s NBA betting odds, the Heat is a 5.5-point home favorite, and the posted total is 197.0.
Sizzling Hot Shooting
The Spurs were unconscious in the 1st half of Game 3 on Tuesday, shooting a sizzling 77% from the field on their way to entering the intermission with a commanding 71-50 lead. For the 2nd time in 3-games the Spurs shot a terrific 59% from the field. San Antonio has been on fire from beyond the three-point line during the first 3-games of these NBA Finals converting on 34 of 71 attempts (47.9%). After a poor performance from the free throw line in a 2-point loss on Sunday, they were superb on Tuesday going 26-for-32 (81%).
Performance by the Heat
The Miami Heat headed home for Game 3 feeling pretty good about their chances. They had just defeated the Spurs on Sunday to gain a split on the road, and took over home court advantage in the series. However, it seems they just couldn’t stand prosperity. They allowed the Spurs to jump out to a huge lead in the first quarter, and never fully recovered. They were able to trim the deficit to 7-points early in the 4th quarter but were unable to get any closer. The two most glaring contributors to their terrible performance were horrible defensive play, and committing 20 turnovers. After all, they shot 52% from the field, and a stellar 10 for 21 (48%) from beyond the three-point line. As a matter of fact, the Heat have shot the ball very well in this series converting 50.4% of their field goal attempts, and have been a superb 43.5% from beyond the three-point line. Unfortunately, they’ve allowed the Spurs to shoot a sizzling 53.4% from the field, and average 105.7 points per game.
NBA Playoff Betting
Any playoff favorite, or playoff underdog of 1.5 or less, that has a winning percentage of .624 or better, that’s coming off a playoff home favorite loss by 10-points or more, and they allowed 94-points or more, has gone 22-7 ATS since 1990. Those teams have also gone 24-5 straight up. Bet Heat over Spurs for NBA picks!
Free NBA Pick: Miami –5.0 over San Antonio