The top two teams in the NBA meet up tonight, Sunday Mar 31st, when the Miami Heat visit the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat has won nine of their last ten, while the Spurs have won seven straight on home court. The Heat have won three straight over the Spurs, all home wins, but the Spurs won their last on home court. NBA oddsmakers have the Spurs as -1.5 point home favorites over the Heat with the over/under set at 197.5 points. Be sure to check out the 2013 NBA Point Spreads now.
The Heat (57-15, 25-12 V) won in New Orleans 108-89 on Friday night. LeBron James scored 36 points, hitting six consecutive 3-pointers in less than six minutes during the first half. Miami made 14 of 27 3-pointers. Dwyane Wade added 17 points and seven assists for the Heat. Norris Cole scored 12 points and Chris Bosh 10.
The Heat shot a season-best 69.7 per cent for any half, hitting 23 of 33 shots, and their 60.9 per cent for the game was their highest of the year.
A huge favorite to win his fourth MVP award, King James is pairing career-high efficiency with his usual all-around brilliance entering Sunday’s game at the AT&T Center. 26.9 points per game, fourth in the NBA. 8.1 rebounds per game, 28th in the NBA and first among small forwards. 56.0 shooting percentage from the floor, career high and second in the NBA among players averaging at least 10 shots per game. 40.4 shooting percentage on 3-pointers, career high and 19th in the NBA among players with at least 200 attempts. 77.7 shooting percentage at the rim, career high and second in the NBA among players averaging at least five such shots per game.
The Spurs (55-17, 32-4 H) beat the LA Clippers 104-102, at home, on Friday. Tim Duncan had a season-high 34 points, including a game-winning three-point play with 2.2 seconds left. Duncan was 12 for 19 from field and also had 11 rebounds. Tony Parker added 24 points and eight assists, and Tiago Splitter had 14 points for San Antonio.
Manu Ginobili left midway through the first quarter with tightness in his right hamstring after tumbling out of bounds on a drive. The injury is likely to keep Ginobili from playing tonight in a possible NBA Finals preview against the Miami Heat.
In three games since his return from a three-week absence, Parker has averaged 21 points and 7.7 assists — numbers in line with his team-leading season averages. He had just finished a February in which he averaged 26.1 points and 8.3 assists, shepherding the Spurs to the top record in the NBA and solidifying himself as perhaps the top candidate for league MVP not named LeBron James or Kevin Durant.
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in San Antonio.
Under is 19-5 in the last 24 meetings.
Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Heat are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in San Antonio.
Heat are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Spurs are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Spurs are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs
When: Sunday, Mar 31, 2012@7:00 PM ET
Pick: Spurs -1.5
The Bottom Line: the Spurs are too good at home and they must play LeBron hard and dirty. We recommend you sign up with PlayersOnly.com to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs game.