BetAnySports’ NBA Playoffs Pick of the Week: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 1- Thursday, June 5

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Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 1- Thursday, June 5

BetAnySports’ Line: Spurs -4 and the Total is 198 1/2

The Miami Heat begin their quest for a third-straight NBA title this Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals. All the action from the AT&T Center in San Antonio is slated to get underway at 9 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

The Heat took a fairly short route back to the NBA Finals with a straight-up record of 12-3 in their first three series against Charlotte, Brooklyn and Indiana. They have been a solid bet along the way with a 10-5 record against the spread on BetAnySports’ closing NBA betting odds for the games. The total went OVER in 11 of the 15 outings.

LeBron James has played like a man possessed in a few of his team’s dominate victories in the postseason and he leads the team across the board in points (27.1), rebounds (6.8) and assists (5.0). Dwyane Wade has been able to stay healthy enough to add another 18.7 points per game and to round-out the Big Three in Miami, Chris Bosh is scoring 15.2 PPG and pulling down 5.7 rebounds a game. The Heat are averaging 99.1 PPG while hitting 49.7 percent of their shots from the field and 39.5 percent from 3-point range.

San Antonio took a slightly longer route to its second straight appearance in the NBA Finals with a 12-6 SU record in 18 previous postseason games. It has not been a solid bet at times with a 9-9 record ATS and the total has gone OVER in 10 of those 18 games. BetAnySports has opened the Spurs as -130 favorites to win this series with Heat listed as +110 underdogs, but holding onto that all-important home court advantage has to start with a win on Thursday night.

Tony Parker has been the Spurs leading scorer in the playoffs with 17.2 PPG, but he is dealing with a sore left ankle that could cost him some playing time not just in Game 1, but in the entire series if the pain persists. Tim Duncan continues to be a force in the postseason with 16.5 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds while Manu Ginobili has been instrumental in the team’s success with 14.3 points off the bench. San Antonio is averaging 106.6 PPG while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc.

I see this series going the full seven games just like last season, but as far as Game 1 goes I am taking the Heat and the 4 points on BetAnySports’ current betting line. Miami may not get the SU win, but this one is going down to the wire either way.



Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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