San Antonio Spurs 1.48 - Miami Heat 2.67 (Spurs lead 1-0)
After AirConFail, the Miami Heat can’t afford LeBron James to have his style cramped in Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
The four-time MVP was forced to sit out most of the fourth quarter, ending up with 25 points, in Thursday’s 110-95 defeat which was over-shadowed by the air conditioning malfunction at the AT&T Center that left players a little more fatigued than usual.
The janitors have come up with a fix. But there’s no doubt that Heat, who were out-scored 36-17 in the fourth quarter, need repairs to better match the intensity of their foes who rebounded Miami 39-29, primed by Boris Diaw who had ten boards in a pugnacious bench effort.
James took a chunk of criticism for not shrugging off his leg cramps and ignoring the pain but he has vowed to ignore his detractors and come out with a bigger performance. He has a habit of backing up his words but he’ll require extra help.
The Spurs are now 9.50 to sweep the series 4-0 – a still unlikely outcome – but Tim Duncan has set out his MVP candidacy by notching 21 points and ten rebounds in Game 1, utterly out-playing both Rashard Lewis and Chris Anderson.
It seems a given we’ll see Udonis Haslem and Greg Oden given some court time as Miami coach Erik Spoelstra looks for adjustments. Assuredly, much of that will come defensively which is why it’s worth a punt on a lower points total – with going under 193.5 at 2.50 offering great value.
The Heat, James especially, will expect to make their hosts sweat a little more, second time around. So have a look at the margins of potential victory with San Antonio at 4.25 to win by 1-5 points and 6.00 to match their margin of 15 from the opener.
Best bet: Go under 195.5 total points in San Antonio-Miami at 2.23