San Antonio must earn ther Spurs if they are to stand the Heat
When Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks humbled the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, the basketball world feared a backlash, and after Miami comfortably claimed the crown last season, they once again find themselves in the NBA Finals spotlight, this time facing a San Antonio Spurs team who are well versed in success.
The second seeds coming out of the Western Conference eased to a Finals berth after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies, and return to peak of the NBA for only the fifth time. Of all NBA teams on the Spurs and Chicago Bulls have a 100% record in Finals, with San Antonio taking the honours four times between 1999 and 2007, but to maintain that record, they must overcome a much-storied Miami team.
If you haven't heard, the Heat are pretty good. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh lead the team, whilst important contributions are made by Mario Chalmers, veteran three-point shooter Ray Allen, and newly-anointed star Kevin 'The Birdman' Anderson.
With Eric Spoelstra at the helm, Miami have found divisional success with ease and after their aforementioned defeat to the Mavericks, their record in the post-season has been an exemplary 28-11, being taken to seven in consecutive Eastern Conference Finals.
It isn't just the Heat that possess a plethora of talent. San Antonio boast a first-ballot Hall of Fame entrant in Tim Duncan, whilst Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli are out-and-out stars, albeit with the latter making appearances from the bench. Danny Green is a leading utility player, and is the only man to start every one of the Spurs' games this season, and will remain an integral cog if they are to succeed.
At 7/1 to win the series 4-3, the Spurs aren't expected to last against a free-flowing Heat side. After 4 games in the series, the Heat are expect to be ahead (7/4 to be leading 3-1), however if at that point, we are tied at 2-2, 6/4 will look very appealing!
With a week's worth of rest in the bag, the Spurs will be ready and raring to go, and could well take victory in Game One (2/1 to win, Spurs +5.5 10/11). If you fancy them to take victory, it worth a look on the Winning Margin, with San Antonio to win by 1-3 at 7/1, 4-6 at 9/1 and 7-9 at 12/1.
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