Miami Heat versus San Antonio Spurs ESPN TV NBA Pro Basketball Friday March 4th 2011 Sports Betting Odds Pick Preview
Start time from San Antonio is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television provided by ESPN.
The betting odds opened up with the San Antonio Spurs favored by -1 ½ points with a total of 196 ½ points.
The NBA wagering public will find the money come in early on the home team as the San Antonio Spurs are up to a -2 ½ point favorite. The total has moved down to 195 ½ points.
Those backing the favored San Antonio Spurs will lay -120 odds with the underdog Miami Heat bringing back +100 odds to post the straight up win without the aid of points on their side.
This will be the first meeting between these two clubs.
Last year San Antonio pulled the sweep on the Heat.
In their first game it was the Spurs with the 108-78 home win against Miami as a -7 ½ point favorite. The game played under the total of 194 ½ points.
The Spurs had a solid shooting night with 53.2% shooting from the floor and 20 of 22 from the free throw line. San Antonio won the hustle points with a rebounding advantage of 43-28. Miami shot 44% in defeat but just 3 of 12 from three. The team was sloppy with 17 turnovers.
The rematch took place 2 ½ months later in Miami and it was the Spurs with the 88-76 victory as a +2 point underdog. The total went under 186 ½.
The Spurs were solid defensively as they held Miami to only 38.5% shooting and 3 of 16 from three. The Spurs once again out rebounded the Heat but this time by a 46-36 differential. San Antonio survived a very high 21 turnovers.
Miami travels in a back to back situation with a mark of 43-18 on the year. The team is 21-11 on the road.
The club sits tied with the Chicago Bulls in the loss column for the second seed in the East. The Heat now trail Boston by three games in the loss column behind the Boston Celtics who sit as the top seed.
The Heat has now dropped three of their past four games and two straight losses after losing 99-96 at home to Orlando last night as a -5 point betting favorite. The game landed under the total of 195 points.
Miami hit on 46.7% of their shots and a poor 3 of 17 from the three point line. The club lost the rebounding battle by two. The Heat allowed Orlando 47.9% shooting and to make 55.2% from three.
Lebron James led the Heat with 29 points on 11 of 16 shooting and six boards. Dwyane Wade chipped in with 28 points on 10 of 18 from the floor.
San Antonio comes in with a record of 50-11 on the year. The team is 28-2 on their home court.
The Spurs sit in the top seed of the Western conference and five games in the loss column ahead of second place Dallas. San Antonio holds a four game lead in the loss column against Boston for best record in the NBA.
The Spurs bounced back from their 109-93 road loss at Memphis by posting the 109-99 road win at Cleveland on Wednesday night as a -9 point favorite. The game played over the closing total of 201 ½ points.
San Antonio had a good shooting night making 53% of their shots and 6 of 19 from three. They out rebounded the Cavaliers by five boards. The Spurs survived 15 turnovers. Cleveland made just 39.6% of their shots.
George Hill led San Antonio with 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting and five assists. Tim Duncan contributed with 16 points on 7 of 12 from the floor and six assists. Six Spurs scored in double digits in their win.
Trend: The Under is 18-2 in their past 20 meetings.
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