The San Antonio Spurs shocked the defending champion Heat in Thursday’s NBA Finals opener, and they will look to do the same tonight as the two teams meet for Game 2 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. This evening’s contest is scheduled to tip off at 8:00pm ET on ABC. 2013 NBA Finals Odds have the Heat listed as a -6 against the spread and a -275 moneyline favorite ($275 wins $100); the Over/Under is set at 187.5 points.
Extended rest disrupts routine for NBA teams and can often lead to undesirable results, but it did not affect the Spurs on Thursday night. San Antonio, after sitting out almost a full 10 days, took Game 1 of the NBA Finals 92-88 in Miami.
The Spurs, playing as a 5.5 point road dog, trailed three points at the break, but a 23-16 fourth quarter allowed them to slip past the defending champs and effectively control the rest of the series given the 2-3-2 Finals format.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker
starred for San Antonio in the upset win as they combined for 41 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, and three blocks. Miami got a team high 18 points from LeBron James; however, the King, who also added 18 boards and 10 assists, hit just 7-of-16 from the field thanks to a 1-for-5 effort from beyond the arc.
Given the Heat’s recent post-loss track record, basketball bettors were rejoicing at Thursday’s result. Miami, especially with games three, four, and five taking place in San Antonio, will pull out all the stops tonight and that does not bode well for the Spurs.
The Heat are 4-0 after a loss in these playoffs; they averaged 104.5 points per game in those four outings and covered the spread by an average of 14.8 points per game.
Spurs vs Heat Odds 2013 NBA Finals Game 2:
San Antonio Spurs +6 (-110), Over 187.5 (-110), +235 (Moneyline)
Miami Heat -6 (-110), Under 187.5 (-110), -275 (Moneyline)
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