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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  35 responses

Miami Heat Heavily Favored Over the San Antonio Spurs


Coming into the 2012-13 season, the Miami Heat were the heavy favorites to win the NBA championship. That didn’t change once the postseason began, and the story remains the same with the title now on the line. The oddsmakers have the Heat taking the NBA Finals over the San Antonio Spurs, in relatively easy fashion. LeBron James, not too surprisingly, is the heavy favorite to win the MVP of the title round. Per the Express-News: “Miami is strongly favored to defeat the Spurs and defend its NBA title, according to online betting site Bovada.lv. The Heat are -240, meaning a $240 bet would be required to win $100 should they take the series. The Spurs are +200, earning $200 for a $100 bet.”

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  • Dacre

    Spurs in 7 games. Duncans defining playoff run

  • Shooting Guard

    miami in 7

  • Mike Mihalow

    Was this based on the referee’s opinions?

  • pposse

    i wouldn’t consider that “heavily favored”

  • spit hot fiyah

    there is money to be made here for gamblers

  • OneStep

    The Heat’s dominance will depend on Wade and Bosh’s ability to play at a far better level than they managed against the Pacers. If they and the perimeter players snap out of their funk then sure the Heat will dominate. If not, then the Spurs will do what the Pacers couldn’t.

  • JoeMaMa

    This series comes down to Miami’s defence on Tony Parker. If Parker owns the pick/roll, Spurs win. If Miami bottles him up, Heat win – and quite easily. Can’t wait to see what Popovich has up his sleeve.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Heavily favored? Hmm, may probably be the first time I’m rooting for the Spurs then.

  • monster_nw8

    Spurs in 6 if TP and Manu do what’s expected.

  • bike

    Pretty tough one to call. This is the best Spurs team in years. Wade and Bosh have been unpredictable; they both have to play well. Pop is a genius. A lot will depend on how the Heat defend TP.

    The only thing for certain is LeBron will have a finals performance for the ages and cement himself permanently in future GOAT conversations.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Heavily favored?? Thats interesting! I dont agree with that at all

  • shannon

    Pacers could dominate the post with Hibbert and West, Miami have no answer for Spurs’ bigs neither. Plus I cant see how can they slow down Parker. If Spurs steal game one or two, I predict them to win.

  • Stoneback

    You people are crazy if you think the Spurs have even a chance. Miami should be heavily favored. Miami wins in 5 or 6 at most. This won’t be anywhere near as close as the Pacers series. Heat are nowhere near as good as Bulls of 90′s btw. just wanted to add that

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Think that got this one wrong. I agree the Heat should be favored but not “heavily” favored.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Question, by saying this series won’t be as hard as the Pacers series are you implying that the Pacers are better than the Spurs?

  • Max

    I just hope Manu and DWade play as good as they can. That would make this series even more entertaining.

  • Jerome

    I saw headline somewhere reading, “Can Spurs beat Heat?” I think it the other way around. All pressure is still on Heat. However, Spurs have a lot of young talent as well.

  • R32

    Light work.

  • ScrewT

    I got the Spurs in 5.

  • Basketball Coach

    this will be interesting. I wonder what Coach Pop is planning right now for the young talents of the Spurs.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • roger rogers

    spurs in 6. I am going to make a lot of money.

  • Sizzle

    I expect this to go 6 or 7. Pure clashing of styles. Athleticism vs Fundamentalism. Miami’s play style will be more successful against the Spurs than it was against the Pacers. In the end though it depends on what they get from Bosh and Wade. They will both need to be at or near their apex to bring down the Spurs. In the end, Miami wins. No way they are “heavily favored” though.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    what if he loses?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i just want a game 7

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I agree. The Spurs will win at least two games by double figures and the games the Heat come away with will be by a small margin.

  • robb

    I think the Spurs can win the series. Pop’s gonna out coach Spoelstra and the Spurs will execute better than Miami.

  • Feez_22

    *sorry for the essay lol but i have a lot of points i want to share ;)

    I’d like to chime in here. The pacers are not a better team than the spurs. the spurs won 60+ games to indy’s 49 in the reg season for a reason. However, the pacers are better at the style which can beat miami more than the spurs are (defense, rebounding, pounding down low abusing miami big men).

    Contrary to popular belief, the spurs are a finesse team. They are a 3pt shooting pnr team first and foremost. They have a nice threat to go down low to in duncan but even he will pull up for a couple jumpers. The pacers are a bang em down low team. tough team. this is what the heat cannot stand. A team that is 1st in rebounding, 1st in defense, 1st in 3pt defense and has 2 big men that will pound you down low who are both good at shooting free throws.

    I keep seeing people say that bosh will get owned this series v. the spurs. i totally disagree.In the last 2 years, bosh has had a 30-8 game, 30-12 game and 23-9 game against the spurs (all on 60+% shooting). The reason for this is the spurs do not have a hibbert guarding the paint (duncan is a good paint defender but let’s not overrate and say he’s the rim protector hibbert is. hibbert was #1 in the nba in terms of bigs in rim protection. duncan was around 20th. stephen curry exposed this in the warriors series where he was making layup after layup over duncan to the point where duncan had to be benched late in game 4 i believe).

    The spurs are not a great rebounding team either. they are 21st in rebounding to miami’s last with a diff of 41.3 to 38.6 rebounds but when you factor in pace (spurs are 6th in pace to miami’s 23rd) it all evens out to them being equal rebounding teams. Thus, miami can actually win the boards against this team. Miami can drive better on this team v. indy and because of that, they will have better open threes than they did v the pacers. OBV the spurs have a far superior offense than the pacers… that goes without saying. However, the way to beat the heat is to slow down the pace, pound them down low and own the boards. the spurs speed the pace up, shoot jumpers and don’t own the boards.

    Styles make fights. The spurs play a style that helps the heat out. Lebron/wade are going to be driving to the basket like punch drunk mad men which will open up their shooters. Bosh will be the 2nd best heat player in this series mark my words. he will string out duncan to the perimeter (unless splitter defends him which would be a mistake… bosh can drive right past splitter) and will do what he does. This matchup is perfect for the heat’s style of play. I actually think the team the spurs swept would have posed a bigger problem against the heat tbh bc of their inside advantage, rebounding advantage and slow pace.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Now this was the insight that I was looking for. Not some person who just says “You people are crazy if you think the Spurs have even a chance”. I agree with your analysis even though you wrote me a thesis lol

  • Feez_22

    lol sorry about that haha but ya i just feel like there is a lot of misinformation regarding this series which needed to be cleared up. I will write my thesis on why the spurs have a good shot at winning this too (hints – miami’s overagressive pick and roll defense leaves roller open, miami can’t rely on turnovers v the spurs like they did v the pacers, the spurs are the best execution team in the nba/best passing team in the nba etc) but i have some errands to run lol.

  • pposse

    sadly i agree with this assessment ..Heat in 5

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Haha it’s all good man I don’t mind reading it as long as it’s knowledged based and coherent.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yo, this is great. i see it much the same way, i don’t feel like retyping it tho, so if you are interested……

    - http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2013/06/post-up-top-of-the-east/#comment-918825788

  • Lloyd

    One of the best comments I’ve seen on here. Agree with everything you said down to Memphis being more of an obstacle for Miami.

    Keep typing essays. No one minds reading them if they’re well thought out, articulate, and logical arguments. Excellent.

  • grgeblck

    I am a Heat fan and I am placing my bet on Spurs. Sad to say.

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