NBA Predictions: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Thursday, 3/6/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: San Antonio -2.5
Current Betting Line: San Antonio -2.5
Opening Total: 207
Current Total: 209
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Miami had its eight-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it dropped a 106-103 decision to the Houston Rockets as two-point road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest. The Heat have three of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward LeBron James leading the way at 27.4 points a contest. The team is 19-11 SU on the road this season, including a 9-3 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA predictions. Miami is 3-5 SUATS as road underdogs of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.
The Heat have won five-straight regular season games against the Spurs, including a 113-101 home win on Jan. 26, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines. Miami needs a much stronger performance from James than what he provided Tuesday as he scored just 22 points after a career-best 61-point performance the day before against Charlotte.
San Antonio has won four games in a row, including a 122-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers as 7.5-point road favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Spurs have three of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with point guard Tony Parker leading the way in scoring 17.6 points a contest. The franchise is 21-8 SU at the AT&T Center, including a 9-3 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents. San Antonio is 7-2 SU and 6-2-1 ATS as home favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.
The Spurs are one of only four teams to be ranked in the top-10 in offensive and defensive efficiency, while it ranks second in assists and field goal percentage. San Antonio has compiled a 26-1 SU record when out-rebounding its opponent this season, as it ranks 11th in the NBA in allowing opponents to grab just 42.1 boards per game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to the home team being 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series.
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