The Miami Heat faceoff vs. the San Antonio Spurs in game 1 of the nba finals that top handicapper predicted we would be seeing back in the first week of the 2013 basketball season. This will certainly be a very exciting set of games as Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosch look to repeat in their quest to create a “Dynasty” that brings home a plethora of championships to the city of Miami, Florida. On the other side of things is the San Antonio Spurs who come out well rested and playing in great rhythm after crushing the Memphis Grizzlies 4-0 in the Western conference finals.
The San Antonio Spurs are 12-2 in the nba playoffs and have not played a game since May 27th. The Spurs last won an NBA title in 2007. The craziest fact about this series is that it has not one but four NBA Final MVPs dating back to Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to Dwayne Wade when he and Shaq won a title and finally Lebron James with his victory last year. Since 1999 the Spurs have taken home just as many NBA championships as there are past MVPs playing. During the regular season when these two teams met both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili sat and when the Spurs hosted the Heat Lebron James, Mario Chalmers, and Dwayne Wade were resting. This means that this will be a fresh matchup with a lot of surprises that we have no idea what to expect.
According to leading Las Vegas, Nevada sports stats website the San Antonio Spurs are 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 road games and the Miami Heat are winless in their last 5 games ATS following a straight up win. The under has hit 13 times out of the last 16 away games for the Spurs while the under is 20-5 in the last 25 games.
Other interesting facts to note for those who may be interested in betting on the various proposition bets available: Lebron James has scored as many as 36 points in a game and his worse game was in the Chicago Bulls second round series of the 2013 NBA playoffs when he accumulated just 19 points. Dwayne Wade has only had 20 points 2 out of 15 games but he has also been doing an excellent job working the ball around the court and leading with assists. If Tony Parker scores more then 20 points then there is a 90% chance of the Spurs winning that game.
Current betting odds have the total at 189 points – 2 points higher then the 187 it opened at and the Miami Heat favored by 5.5 points.
Pick – Heat in 7 games.