Mon, Mar 14, 4:21pm by Kevin Pitstock
When: 1:00pm Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Where: Miami, Florida American Airlines Center
The last few weeks of the season mean these teams are jockeying for their playoff spots. This game has the Miami Heat with a record of 44-21 hosting the San Antonio Spurs at 53-12 for the season. Miami has a 23-9 record on home court and San Antonio brings in a 22-9 record on the road.
The Spurs are winners of eight of their last ten games and have won 3 games in a row while the Heat are victors in four of their last ten games and have 2 games in a row after a 5 game losing streak. Let’s check the odds from Sportingbet after we preview each team and then we can give our free pick for your bet.
LeBron is the 3rd leading scorer in the NBA as he leads his team with a 25.2 points per game average and he hands out 7 assists per game to go along with1.5 steals per game. Dwayne Wade cans 50% of his shots from the field and Chris Bosh hauls in 8 rebounds per game to lead the Heat. Joel Anthony is team leader with 1.4 steals per game.
The team scores 101 points per game to make them the 9th best in the NBA while they give up 94 points to their opponents. The Heat is ranked 2nd in field goal percentage at 47.7% and 9th in 3-point shooting with 37%. The only category they fail to be in the top ten on offensive is the free throw shooting at 76%. Miami holds a 2 rebound differential over the other teams as they gather in 42 boards per game.
San Antonio Overview
The Spurs are led on th floor and in scoring by Manu Ginobilli with his 17.9 scoring average. He also successfully completes 1.6 steals per game. Tim Duncan controls the inside game with his 9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Tony Parker handles the guard position with 6.6 assists per game and shoots 52% from the field.
San Antonio is in the top ten in 5 offensive categories. They lead the NBA with 40% shooting from 3-point land and they are 6th in scoring average with 103.8 per game. As a team they shoot 47.5% from the field to go with 77% from the free throw line. They rebound 42 boards per game and allow 41 to the opposition.
Pick and Prediction
They are two teams that can light up a scoreboard. Both are wizards on the offensive end of the game. But can they play defense? they don’t really have to to win this game. Rebounding is pretty much even. The odds courtesy of Sportingbet -4.5 Miami is our pick for your bet. The Heat can defend better than the Spurs.
Our Pick: Miami -4.5 at Sportingbet
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