The Miami Heat are 5-0 following a straight-up loss in the playoffs, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Thursday as they continue their best-of-seven series with the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Sports bettors will find that the Heat are 1.5-point road underdogs in the pro basketball odds, courtesy of SBR Forum, while the betting total has settled in at 187.
Let's take a closer look at Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.
The Miami Heat have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games. On Thursday, they will attempt to bounce back from Tuesday's 113-77 Game 3 blowout defeat to the San Antonio Spurs, when they were two-point road underdogs.
NBA handicappers will find that the Heat are 18-6 against the spread in their last 24 games following a straight-up loss.
The San Antonio Spurs own a 2-1 advantage over the Miami Heat in this best-of-seven series, as they managed to knock down an NBA Finals record 16 three-pointers in Game 3.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Spurs are 9-3 straight up and 8-3-1 against the spread as home favorites of three points or less, with the UNDER going 8-4 in that situation.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Miami Heat in the first half as their NBA Finals pick on Thursday, as they've gone 6-1 against the spread when trailing in a playoff series over the last two-plus seasons.
NBA Pick: Miami Heat +.5 First Half
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