Spurs face Heat, Hawks at Toronto
Both the Heat and the Spurs have won 3 straight, but the Spurs are only a .500 team on the road this season and Miami is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
San Antonio Spurs (39-25) at Miami Heat (35-32)
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Tonight in South Florida in a match up of streaking teams the Miami Heat host the San Antonio Spurs. Each team has won 3 straight and Miami is 6-4 in their last 10 games and the Spurs are 8-2 in their last 10 games. With their solid play as of late the Heat are now tied for the sixth position with Charlotte in the East. The Spurs are in the seventh position in the West only half a game ahead of Portland and ½ game behind Phoenix.
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San Antonio needs to keep winning to avoid the last playoff spot in the West so they do not have to face the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
This season the Heat are 20-14 at home and 34-33 ATS and the Spurs are 15-15 on the road and 32-32 ATS.
In their last games the Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-91 on Sunday and the Spurs crushed the L.A. Clippers 118-88 on Saturday.
Many thought San Antonio would be in trouble when they lost Tony Parker (16.5 ppg) for the season with a broken hand, but backup George Hill (12.1 ppg) has been solid filling in for the star PG. Hill is averaging 16.6 ppg while shooting 63.2% (12 for 19) from 3-point range in his last seven games.
Miami’s Michael Beasley (15.3 ppg) has missed the last couple of games with an injury, but is expected to play tonight. The Heat will need his offense, as they only rank 26th in the league in scoring (96.5 ppg).
San Antonio is a better team on the boards with a rebounding differential of +3.0 rpg and the Heat are at +0.8 rpg.
Heat C Jermaine O'Neal (13.6 ppg 7.2 rpg), who has an injured hip, but will play tonight, and PF Udonis Haslem (9.5 ppg 7.6 rpg) have to play good D on Tim Duncan (18.7 ppg 10.4 rpg) and now allow him to get easy buckets in the paint and control the glass.
Dwayne Wade (26.5 ppg) will get his points tonight, but the other Heat players have to help him out in the scoring department.
Wednesday NBA Previews
Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are reeling, as they have lost 5 straight and now only lead the Chicago Bulls by a single game for the eighth and last playoff spot in the East. The Hawks have won 2 in a row and are in third place in the East only half a game ahead of the fourth place Celtics.
San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic
As of Tuesday both teams are 8-2 in their last 10 games and while the Magic look to get the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs the Spurs need to start winning to improve their playoff positioning.
Thursday NBA Point Spreads
Orlando Magic at Miami Heat
In a battle of the Sunshine State the Heat host the Magic and if the season were to end today this would be the first round playoff match up. The Heat are thin on the inside and that is not good facing the most dominant big man in the game in Dwight Howard.
New Orleans Hornets at Denver Nuggets
The Hornets need to go on a tear to make the post season, as they are 7.5 games behind eighth place Portland in the West. Denver is tied with Dallas for the second position in the West and each trails the first place Lakers by four games. The Nuggets have the second best home record in the Western Conference this season.