The Spurs and Heat
will play for all the marbles tomorrow night as they battle at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Thursday’s series finale is scheduled to tip off at 9:00pm ET on ABC. The latest 2013 NBA Finals Game 7
Odds have the Heat listed as a -6 against the spread home favorite; the Over/Under is set at 189.5 points. San Antonio is drawing +220 odds
($100 wins $220) to win its fifth championship in the last 15 years while Miami is getting a -260 money line ($260 wins $100) to keep the title in South Beach.
The Heat did what everyone thought they would last night, but they did not do in the manner most anticipated. Miami had won and covered its previous 12 games off a loss, but it narrowly survived Game 6, beating the Spurs 103-100 in overtime.
The Heat, playing as a seven point home favorite, needed a miracle three-pointer from Ray Allen in the game’s final seconds to force overtime and, eventually, a game seven. Preceding Allen’s stunning baseline jumper was a furious fourth quarter rally led by LeBron James.
Miami trailed by 10 at the start of the final frame, but James scored 15 points in the final 12 minutes, helping the Heat close the gap and get in position to tie the game. James finished the game with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists; Mario Chalmers, who knocked down 4-of-5 from long range, was the only other Miami player to reach the 20 point mark.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs in their failed attempt to secure a fifth NBA Championship, posting 30 points and 17 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard also recorded a double-double as he finished the night with 22 points and 11 boards.
Despite Miami’s recent difficulty stringing together wins, the odds makers believe the Heat will get the job done tomorrow night. Still, the spread seems a bit much. Perhaps the books are expecting an emotionally drained Spurs team to show up at the AmericanAirlines Arena tomorrow night.
That could be the case given the gut wrenching fashion in which they lost; however, this is a veteran San Antonio squad that has yet to suffer back to back losses in these playoffs.
Notable Trends: The Heat are 0-6 both straight up and against the spread in their last six games off a win, losing by an average of 12.5 points per game.
San Antonio Spurs +6 (-110), Over 189.5 (-110), +220 (Moneyline)
Miami Heat -6 (-110), Under 189.5 (-110), -260 (Moneyline)
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