The Spurs are one of the most dominant teams in NBA history, but they’ll be hard-pressed to defeat the best player on the planet in Lebron James in South Beach. Can San Antonio pull off the unthinkable and pull another win in Miami for our NBA Picks?
Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday at 8:00 pm ET at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. This game can be seen on ABC TV.
Bet 365 Sportsbook lists the Heat as a 6 point betting odds favorite and the total for the game is 188.
The Heat can’t let this game get away from them. They’ve won 66 games during the regular season and possess a 37-4 record at home. Lebron James suggested that the Heat would win possible 5, 6, or 7 rings when all is said and done and he’s going to have to work hard for ring number 2 as the Heat crapped away game 1, 92-88.
The Big Fundamental
Tim Duncan will go down as one of the all-time greats in this game. Kobe Bryant might disagree, but Duncan is considered by some as the best basketball player in the last two decades. Bryant holds the leads in NBA Titles, 5-4, but Duncan has been a blue-collar worker that’s went about his business and nobody can stop him.
Even at the age of 37, Duncan is still producing. He and Tony Parker were the only players to eclipse the 20 point mark in game 1 as he poured in 20 points along with 14 rebounds. Chris Bosh isn’t a bonafide center and we’re quickly finding this out in this series. San Antonio will continue to use the combination of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan while Manu Ginobili does the dirty work.
Parker made NBA All 2nd team. This is an insult. He’s a much better basketball player than Chris Paul and his resume speaks for itself. Look for the Spurs to come out with the same game plan for game 2. It worked in game 1 and will be up to Miami to beat it to even up this series.
Better, But Not Good Enough
Injuries have taken their toll on superstar Dwayne Wade. Without Wade putting up an exceptional performance, this team will be turning into “The Big 1”.
Aside from being outmatched by Roy Hibbert and now Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh is clearly ineffective on the court. Bosh hasn’t had a 20 point game since May 10th. This isn’t the same player that dominated in Toronto and Miami will need to readjust in the off-season. For now, the Heat need Wade to be Scottie Pippen to Lebron James’ Michael Jordan.
Wade is starting to regain some confidence as he’s averaging 19 points in his last 2 games, but against a team like San Antonio, the Heat need more from the guard from Marquette.
This is the time in which Lebron James, the best player on the planet, takes over the series in a must win game. James is clearly the best player in the NBA, gathering his 4th MVP Trophy and this is his time to make history. He’s facing a veteran ball club that’s looking to make one last run for Tim Duncan; this won’t be easy.
Nevertheless, nobody can guard this man when he’s on a roll. Expect a huge game out of James here. If Wade or Bosh are having difficulties, look for James to have a big scoring game and bypass his usual triple-double that’s attainable.
If the Heat don’t win here, it will be an uphill climb with 3 consecutive games in San Antonio. Look for Lebron to look to go solo.
Pick- Heat/Spurs OVER 188 at Bet 365 (James will take control, but expect the entire Heat team to step up their game)[gameodds]5/238031/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]