Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
Date and Time: Thursday 3/6/14 at 8:00pm on TNT
Game Line: San Antonio Spurs -2 (from JustBet)
Thursday Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs Analysis: LeBron James said he was too tired following one of his greatest games to do much of anything in the second half of Miami’s game with Houston the next night. The Heat hope their leader will be more well rested for a match up against the San Antonio Spurs who are coming off of one of their more balanced performances of the season. The heat visit the Spurs on Thursday night for their second meeting since Miami beat San Antonio in seven games in last season’s NBA finals. James followed his career best 61 point performance Monday against Charlotte, a Heat record, with 22 points in a 106-103 loss road loss to the Rockets on Tuesday that ended Miami’s winning streak at eight. The four time MVP, who acknowledged before the game that he was “extremely tired,” had only three points after halftime and appeared to drag at times in the second half. He was 1 for 7 over the final two quarters and spent the first half of the fourth on the bench. The Heat didn’t need any kind of big performance from James in the first meeting with the Spurs, who trailed by as many as 29 in a 113-101 loss in Miami on January 26. Starters Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter all missed the first match up against Miami because of injuries but all three will suit up this time around. Green and Leonard were key in a 122-101 victory at Cleveland on Tuesday. Green scored 24 points and Leonard added 18 as the Spurs won their fourth straight. The Spurs also had 39 assists on 43 field goals, 24 on 25 in the second half and ended up winning in a route. The fluid offensive night for San Antonio featured six players in double figures with Duncan and Parker not being two of them, combining for 14 points. If the Spurs see that kind of well rounded team effort they will be very hard to beat at home, even against a Miami team that can beat anyone on any given night. The Heat are too top heavy right now and the balance that San Antonio gets from all five starters and their bench will wear down Miami and they will cover the small spread.
Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs Picks: San Antonio -2 and under 208.5
Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs Game Prediction: 102-96 San Antonio
What to expect this 2014 Miami at San Antonio NBA match up: When these two teams met back in January San Antonio was injured, on a long road trip and didn’t seem too mentaly invested in their game with the Heat. This time around the tables are turned, Miami is in the middle of a long road trip, they are the more injured team and they have to get up to play a road game in San Antonio. This bodes well for the Spurs, who should come into this game looking for revenge. While Miami will get the bulk of their points from Wade, Chalmers and LeBron, San Antonio’s balance and scoring from all positions will be the difference as San Antonio pulls away late in the fourth quarter and Miami ends up on a rare two game losing skid.