Heat look for a victory in San Antonio
The Miami Heat will be looking for their second SU and ATS victory over the San Antonio Spurs when those two NBA powers hit the hardwood together once again on Thursday night.
Miami beat San Antonio 113-101 and managed to cover the 3.5-point spread at home in the first game between the two teams this season on January 26. The OVER has paid out in five of the last six games between the teams on the totals.
The Heat will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 29-28-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Spurs are 29-31 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Miami is 34-24 on the totals; San Antonio is 36-24.
For bettors going with the Spurs in this one, they were listed earlier as -3-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 209 for Thursday at shops such as 5Dimes.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Spurs rated this week at No. 16 and the Heat sitting at No. 13. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 102-100 result in favor of the Spurs today.
Last time out for Miami, they were a 106-103 loser as they battled the Rockets on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 209 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Miami suffered a 106-103 loss against Houston on Tuesday, getting 24 points from Dwyane Wade in a losing effort at Toyota Center.
In their last action, San Antonio was a 122-101 winner on the road against the Cavaliers. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (223) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Spurs blew out Cleveland on Tuesday, running up the score in a 122-101 win at Quicken Loans Arena.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Antonio's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 104.27 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 7 at 98.43 PPG. The Spurs field goal percentage has averaged 48.77% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 51.08% per game.
Miami at Chicago, Sunday, March 9th
San Antonio home to Orlando, Saturday, March 8th