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NBA Betting — Spurs Primed For Payback Against Heat in Thursday Action

Was there any doubt that last year’s NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat was one of the most exciting playoff series in recent memory? There was very little to separate these teams, but of course Miami won its second straight world championship in the end. These clubs have met one time during the regular season, and they will square off again in NBA betting action at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern time.

These teams know how to win on the road, so gaining the top spot in the overall conference race may not be the highest priority, or at least it’s not a higher priority than keeping everyone healthy and ready to go in the post-season. Still, both the Spurs and the Heat have been making a bold move toward the top. Miami has won eight of its last nine games, and currently has a record of 43-15, which puts the two-time defending champions just a game and a half behind the Indiana Pacers, who they defeated in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. San Antonio has won seven of its last eight games straight-up, and their 44-16 record is good enough to be second in the West. They are also a game and a half behind the top team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who supplied the opposition two seasons ago for Miami in the NBA Finals.

These teams are percentage points apart, and so there is also the question of who would get a home court advantage between the two if they were to meet in the championship round once again. That is one of the things that is on the table, and since the Heat won the first meeting, the Spurs would absolutely like to avoid being swept and therefore losing a tie-breaker in that regard.

Even though these are two of the best teams in the league, they have not made a profit for those who have supported them with their sports book dollars; Miami is just 27-29-2 against the basketball pointspread, while San Antonio’s ledger versus the number is 29-31.

In the NBA betting lines that have been posted on this game at BetDSI, the Spurs are laying a small number:

San Antonio Spurs -3
Miami Heat +3

Over 208.5 points -110
Under 208.5 points -110

Let’s go over some of the factors that would be important for basketball betting analysis on this game. One of them is the fact that the first time these teams played, the Spurs were missing three starters. In that game, Miami shot 58% from the floor and led by 29 points at one point. When the dust cleared, the finals 113-100, and the Heat had made a statement. But now San Antonio, which has dealt with more injuries than any team and outside of the Los Angeles Lakers, looks to be healthy. One of the starters who was missing last time, Danny Green, was instrumental in San Antonio’s Tuesday victory over Cleveland, as he scored 24 points in the 122-101 win, where the Spurs covered the 7.5-point spread in NBA betting at BetDSI.

Another factor is that both of these teams shoot very well. Miami leads the league, slightly over 51% overall, while the Spurs are just below 49% accuracy. These clubs move the ball around the court very well. One of the things LeBron James isn’t recognized often enough for is the fact that he does contribute in making plays for other people. And the Spurs had 39 assists against the Cavaliers in their last game. So both clubs know how to work to get good shots.

Also, basketball bettors need to know that James may be looking for little redemption, and that has often brought the best out of him. On Monday night again Charlotte, wearing the protective mask which is required because of his broken nose, he scored 61 points, a career-high, but that seem to take something out of him as he ran out of gas in the second half against Houston the next night. He made only one shot from the field in the second half, and the Rockets beat Miami to end an eight-game Heat winning streak.

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