The San Antonio Spurs travel to play the Miami Heat on Thursday in one of the most hyped games of the 2012-13 NBA season. These two franchises have both started their campaigns strong, beating quality opponents and looking every bit like the contenders so many fans expected them to be.
The Spurs, led by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, have parlayed a strong all-around game into several wins over quality opponents while the Heat's high-octane offense has helped them reach the Eastern Conference's top spot in the year's early goings.
While it is still incredibly early in the season to be predicting Finals matchups, these two teams are as good a bet as any to be squaring off with the Larry O’Brien trophy on the line come the summer months.
Both of these teams have the talent and experience necessary to win their respective conferences and earn the right to duke it out for the most coveted trophy in all of basketball.
Without further ado, here are six reasons basketball fans should expect to see the Spurs and Heat playing in June with a banner on the line.