NBA Finals 2014: Heat vs. Spurs Updated Odds for Game 4

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 11, 2014

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 10: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs defend LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during Game Three of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on June 10, 2014.  NO
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After a blowout loss on their home floor in Game 3, the Miami Heat are still a 4.5-point favorite to win Game 4, per Odds Shark.

The Heat now trail the San Antonio Spurs 2-1 in the NBA Finals.

The oddsmakers seemingly know better than to overreact after one loss, no matter how lopsided it was.

Heat star LeBron James laid down the basic strategy for bouncing back, and the team's track record implies it's a formula that works.

Miami has lost just one home game in the postseason, and it has been especially good after losses.

The team had lost only three times previously in this postseason and won the subsequent game in each instance.

In its two wins in the series, San Antonio put on perhaps the most amazing offensive performances in the history of the NBA Finals. 

In Game 2, Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson marveled at what the Spurs were able to do on both ends of the court.

Magic has seen a lot of basketball in his life, but who could blame him for being mesmerized by what the Spurs accomplished?

The Spurs shot a video game-like 59.4 percent from the field and scored 71 points in the first half. It's hard to beat any team that shoots the ball that well.

The question is: Can the Spurs shoot like this two more times?

It seems that may be the only way they win. Even with a lights-out performance in Game 1, the contest was insanely close before LeBron James had to exit because of leg cramps.

In Game 3, despite that first-half outburst, the Heat closed the lead to seven at one point in the third quarter.

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 10:  Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs motions to his players against the Miami Heat during Game Three of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 10, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges a
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Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said this after the game, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: "That'll never happen again. That was crazy."

It was indeed out of the ordinary, but the more it happens, the more it begins to seem as if it's become the norm in this series. Every playoff encounter has an identity. Perhaps part of this series' personality is the Spurs' insane shooting.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra must hope the Spurs come back down to Earth, or he must find a way to counter their sharpshooting.

Perhaps doing a better job of trying to manage the eb and flow of the game would help.

If the Spurs look to be headed for another one of those game-clinching runs, something has to be done to disturb their rhythm.

It certainly isn't panic time for Miami, but the 2-1 deficit is cause for serious concern.


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