Fri, Mar 4, 4:49pm by Kevin Pitstock
Game: Spurs vs. Heat in NBA
Date/Time: March 5th, 2011 at 1:30 PM AEST
The San Antonio Spurs will host the Miami Heat at the A.T&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, March 5. These are elites teams that are in the final 25 games of the season getting ready for the playoffs. The Heat come in with a 43-17 overall record and 21-11 on the road. The Spurs are 28-2 at home and are 50-11 for the season.
San Antonio has won seven of their last ten games and hold a one game win streak while the Heat have also won seven of their last ten games and lost their last game. Miami leads the Southeast Division and the Spurs lead the Southwest Division of the NBA. Before we check the odds courtesy of Sportsbet, lets preview each team and then make an expert prediction for your bet.
San Antonio Overview
The Spurs are lead in field goal shooting and assists by Tony Parker. Parker shoots 51.8% and hands out 6.6 assists per game. Problem for San Antonio is Parker is injured and not due back till the end of the month. Manu Ginobilli scores 18 points per game and steals 1.6 per game. Big man Tim Duncan grabs 9 boards off the glass per game and blocks over 2 shots per game.
San Antonio is the 4th best scoring team in the NBA with a scoring average of 103.4 per game. They lead the NBA in 3- point shooting at 39% and that mainly comes from Tony Parker. From the field they shoot 47% and average 77% from the free throw line. As a team they grab 42.5 rebounds a game but they allow their opponents to get 41.4 boards per game.
LeBron James is the undisputed floor leader of the Miami Heat. He scores at a clip of 26.2 points per game and he passes out 7.2 assists per game along with 1.6 steals on the average per game. Chris Bosh handles the inside presence with 8.2 rebounds per game and Dwayne Wade fires in 50% of his shots attempted.
The Heat is the 9th best scoring team in the league at 102.9 points per game to go along with 76.5 free throw shooting. They are
P2nd best in the NBA in team field goal shooting percentage at a torrid 47.5% clip. 3-point shooting dials in at 37% for 9th best in the league. Rebounding for the Heat is 42.8 boards per game and they allow 40.7 rebounds to the opposition.
Pick and Prediction
Statistics show these are two of the best teams in the National Basketball League. Also, the Spurs don’t lose often at home. This gives some advantage to San Antonio until you factor in the loss of guard Tony Parker. Additionally, the Heat are to sign guard Mike Bibby as a free agent which will help them tremendously. Odds courtesy of Sportsbet Miami Heat +2. We got to believe they can make a game of this.
Our Pick: Bet Miami +2 at Sportsbet
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