NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat, Game 1

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJune 5, 2013

NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat, Game 1

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    The San Antonio Spurs are 16-6 all-time in NBA Finals games, which is important to consider when making your against-the-spread picks on Thursday as they prepare to take on the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Spurs are 5.5-point road underdogs in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 188.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at the opening game of this best-of-seven series from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

San Antonio Spurs

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    The San Antonio Spurs have won their last six games during the 2013 NBA playoffs, including a 93-86 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies as 2.5-point road underdogs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on May 27.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Spurs are 3-2 straight up and against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points since the start of the regular season. 

Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat have alternated wins and losses over their last seven playoff games. They are currently coming off Monday's resounding 99-76 victory over the Indiana Pacers as seven-point home favorites in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Heat are 14-6 straight up and 13-7 against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to six points, with the UNDER going 13-7 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals, as they've gone 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games versus teams with a winning home record.

    NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs +5.5 

     

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