NBA Finals Betting Lines on San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat

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NBA Finals Betting Lines on San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat

San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, June 9, 2013
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

Miami Heat are 6-point favorites on Bovada Online Sportsbook

The San Antonio Spurs delivered an attention-getting salvo in the opener and look to take a 2-0 lead when the NBA Finals resume in Miami on Sunday. Tony Parker supplied the dagger with a circus shot that narrowly beat the shot clock with 5.2 seconds left and 37-year-old Tim Duncan turned back the clock with 20 points and 14 rebounds in the 92-88 victory. LeBron James had a triple-double for the Heat but his 18 points were his fewest of the postseason.

Miami desperately wants to avoid traveling to San Antonio in a 0-2 hole, particularly due to the finals format calling for three consecutive home games for the Spurs. “That’s an element, but more than anything, you don’t want to lose two at home,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said in his Saturday media session. “We take a lot of pride in bouncing back after losses.” James had 18 rebounds and 10 assists to complement his scoring but Parker was the best player on the floor in the final quarter, when he tallied 10 of his 21 points.

San Antonio Spurs (1-0): While Parker made the huge shot, Duncan recorded a double-double and forward Kawhi Leonard helped hold James to his relatively low scoring output. Unsung guard Danny Green was a key contributor with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Green has carved himself a niche with the Spurs after the franchise released him twice previously. He shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range in the regular season and has drained three or more five times in the postseason. “It’s not easy to make an NBA team,” Parker said on Saturday. “And Danny is very important in what we do. He’s one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA. It makes my job easy for me to penetrate to have shooters like that.”

Miami Heat (0-1): Despite notching his 10th career postseason triple-double, James drew some criticism for attempting just 16 shots. James scored just six points in the final quarter when Miami was held to 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting. “I know what I say to you guys and I know the questions you guys ask me, but I don’t really read too much of what people say,” James said in his Saturday media session. “I do what’s best for the team. What’s best for the team doesn’t always result in a win.” James is averaging 25.7 points in the postseason but the real issue for the Heat is the underachieving play of center Chris Bosh. The 13 points Bosh scored came on 6-of-16 shooting and it followed a stretch of four straight single-digit outings.

1. Miami has scored fewer than 25 fourth-quarter points in each of its last seven postseason games.

2. San Antonio had just four turnovers in Game 1 to match the NBA Finals record set by Detroit in 2005.

3. Duncan has played in 23 NBA Finals games and has put together 15 20-point, 10-rebound efforts.

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