There’s a repeat of the 2013 NBA Finals headlining Sunday’s NBA bill, but can you bet on the Miami Heat to repeat their win of last June against the San Antonio Spurs?
With an 18-3 record at home, the champions are favoured by -4.5 on the match handicap to relive their Game 7 success and although he is listed as a gametime decision, it seems likely that the Heat will welcome back Dwyane Wade after four games out with knee issues.
That would be a massive help, with Wade contributing 18.9 points per game while improving Miami’s defensive rating by 1.6 and their offensive mark by 1 when he’s on the court.
San Antonio are missing Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard, a massive vacuum at the heart of their lineup.
Although they have won six straight on the road and are better equipped than any other NBA team due to the depth of their roster, the Spurs have lost at home to Portland and Oklahoma City during their last four games.
Miami puts up 107.3 per night at home with their Western rivals third in the NBA with 104.1 on their travels, and there’s a total points line available of 209.5 at 2.50.
But with the Heat at 3.50 to retain their title and the Spurs out at 9.00, this could yet be a clash we see repeated come the summer.
The Portland Trailblazers are now 33-11 after successive home wins over Minnesota and Denver, and they’ll try to improve their 15-7 road record with a trip to the Golden State Warriors.
The hosts have lost two in a row in their own floor, including a 121-120 reverse to Minnesota on Friday. They were also defeated 113-101 when the Blazers last came to town in November.
Stopping LaMarcus Aldridge, who has put up 29.9 points over his last seven outings, will be a tough ask, even with the counter-move of Stephen Curry who has notched an average of over 30 over his last four.
Which is why the odds on a Portland win of 2.75 look like a steal.
Best bet: Go over 206.5 total points in Miami-San Antonio at 2.10
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