Miami Favored on 2013 NBA Finals Game 7 Betting Line

heat-spurs-game-7Anybody who watched Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals was given a real treat. San Antonio went on a big 12-0 run in the third quarter and had a 12-point lead over the Miami Heat to start the fourth. But showing the heart of a champion, Miami battled back thanks to plenty of big plays by their “Big 3.”

LeBron James hits some shots at the beginning of the quarter, Dwayne Wade made some clutch buckets, and Chris Bosh had a couple of big defensive plays. Ray Allen also stepped up and made a huge three to tie the game near the end of regulation. Overtime was also close, but the Heat were able to hang onto their three-point lead when Bosh blocked a Danny Green 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Taking all of this into account, people are pretty excited about Game 7 of the NBA Finals, which starts tonight (June 20th) at 9:00pm EST. Assuming you’re looking to get some action on this contest, here’s how GTBets.eu has the betting line:

San Antonio   (-110)
Miami  -5.5  (-110)

heat-spurs-game-7-1With the Heat being at home for Game 7, they’ve got to cover 5.5 points in this matchup. With how well the Spurs played in Miami on Tuesday, the fact that they’re being spotted 5.5 points is an attractive proposition. Many people didn’t expect this series to go to seven games, but San Antonio has played well enough to push the defending champions to the brink.

Of course, the Heat will no doubt get an emotional boost from their home crowd as they hope to repeat. Assuming you’re looking for some advice on which side to bet on in the deciding Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, here’s a look at what both teams need to do to win.

San Antonio Spurs

The biggest problem for the Spurs throughout this series has been their inability to put together a complete 48 minutes. One game they shoot 60% from the field, but turn the ball over 18 times. The next, they cut the turnovers down to 13, but shoot 27.8% from the 3-point line.

San Antonio’s big advantage coming into this series was their ability to execute. Obviously this is easier said than done while facing the Heat’s defensive length and speed. But for the Spurs to win such a huge contest on the road, they’ll have to shoot well and exercise good ball control.

heat-spurs-game-7-2Another point that this team needs to address is cutting Manu Ginobili’s minutes if he doesn’t produce in the early going. He was great in Game 5, but fell totally flat on Tuesday after scoring just 9 points and committing 8 turnovers in 35 minutes. When Ginobili played in Game 6, San Antonio was outscored by 21 points. That said, Greg Popovich needs to be willing to pull him right away if he starts playing badly.

One more thing worth mentioning about the Spurs is that they need some more shooting magic from Gary Neal and Danny Green. After torching the nets earlier in the series, this pair collectively shot 3-for-14 from the field and 2-for-8 from behind the arc. If they can get going, along with Tony Parker, who shot 6-for-23 in Game 6, San Antonio has an excellent chance to win.

Miami Heat

The Heat made multiple big plays down the stretch to push last game into overtime and pull out the win. However, there were several times when it looked as if they’d surrender the NBA Championship on their home floor. That said, Miami needs to focus on slowing San Antonio’s big runs and keeping the game manageable.

heat-spurs-game-7-3Much of this starts with keeping the Spurs out of the paint because they outscored Miami 60-36 inside. Sure Tim Duncan is probably going to get his production. However, the Heat have to do a better job of keeping him off the offensive glass. Kawhi Leonard also got a few easy buckets inside as well.

Once again, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade need to give Miami a little more in the scoring department. Both players were integral parts of the Heat victory, but combined for just 11-of-27 shooting and 24 points. Lucky for them, point guard Mario Chalmers had a strong shooting performance after knocking down 7-of-11 shots and hitting 3-of-4 three-pointers.

Game 7 starts at 9:00pm ET on ABC tonight. So make sure to place your bets by then and get ready for another entertaining battle between these two clubs.

Spurs favored over Heat in 2013 NBA Finals Game 3 Betting Line

tim-duncanThe 2013 NBA Finals began with an interesting turn when the underdog San Antonio Spurs won the first game in a close contest. But then the Miami Heat stormed back and won Game 2 by 19 points, despite just 27 combined points from LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Now, with the series tied at 1-1, the Heat and Spurs play a pivotal Game 3 tonight (June 11th) at 9:00pm ET.

San Antonio is a slight favorite on the Game 3 betting line because they’ve got home court advantage. Here’s a look at how GTBets.eu has the line:

Miami    (-110)
San Antonio  -2  (-110)

As you can see, the Spurs are favored by two points on the Game 3 spread. Since Miami was favored coming into this series, many Heat backers will like this line. However, Chris Bosh and Wade have been terribly inconsistent over the last several playoff games. Wade doesn’t appear to be playing at full strength, which should definitely benefit San Antonio over the remainder of this series.

nba-finals-2013The Spurs aren’t without their difficulties either since Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard all shot poorly last game. Parker was 5-for-14, Leonard was 4-for-12, Manu Ginobili shot 2-for-6, and Duncan shot just 3-for-13, as they all struggled with Miami’s athleticism in Game 2. Shooting guard Danny Green was pretty hot after making all six of his shots and scoring 17 points. But it wasn’t nearly enough to keep San Antonio in the contest.

So far, this has been a defensive series with both teams doing a good job of pressuring each other. These clubs will be looking to get more going on offense tonight, and below, you can see their keys to victory.

Keys to Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals

San Antonio Spurs – One thing that would greatly aid San Antonio is if Tim Duncan can get back on track. He’s got a size and strength advantage against both Bosh and Chris Anderson inside. And he should exploit this mismatch, rather than settle for mid-range jumpers. There have been open lanes for Duncan to get inside thanks to Miami’s efforts to trap Parker; he has to take advantage of these opportunities to free other players up.

1-nba-finals-2013Of course, Parker is going to need to shoot better as well. He creates the biggest mismatch problem for the Heat because of his quickness and ability to penetrate the lane. But if he can’t take advantage of Mario Chalmers and split Miami’s traps, the Spurs are in big trouble.

Ginobili has definitely been a disappointment throughout the playoffs. These problems surfaced big-time last game as he not only shot 2-of-6, but also committed three turnovers as well. He is San Antonio’s top bench player, and if he can’t get going, the team will rely too much on Duncan and Parker.

Overall, the Spurs have to control the ball better, which was a huge problem in Game 2. They committed 17 turnovers and executed poorly on offense. Execution is supposed to be a strength for San Antonio, and they have to get back to this.

Miami Heat – Coming off a big win last game, Miami will need to do more of the things that made them successful: getting to the basket, kicking the ball out to open shooters, creating lots of defensive pressure, and scoring points off of turnovers. Of course, this will be easier said than done against a motivated Spurs team on the road.

2-nba-finals-2013It can’t be stressed enough how the Heat need to get more from Wade and Bosh. With Wade, he may not be capable of stepping up his play due to a knee ailment. But he’s got to at least make sound decisions and hit open shots when the opportunity arises.

Bosh is a different story because he’s supposed to provide Miami with an inside presence. He finally got his first double-double in the last 10 playoff games; but this has to be the norm, instead of a bonus.

If there’s anything that Miami can improve on as a team from Game 2, it’s defensive rebounding and guarding Danny Green. They allowed 15 offensive rebounds last game and definitely need to block out the Spurs better. As for Green, he’s 9-of-14 from the three-point line – a sure sign that Miami has to get a hand in his face more often.

Remember that Game 3 starts tonight at 9:00pm ET and will be shown on ABC. So if you’re going to bet, make sure to do it before then.