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2013 NBA Betting: Preview For The NBA Finals

Written by Matt Stevens   
Monday, 03 June 2013 22:42

Preview For The NBA FinalsThe NBA Finals have not been set. The matchup won’t be in place until Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals runs its course on Monday night. Let’s preview both possible matchups.

2013 NBA Finals:

Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs

If Indiana Plays San Antonio

When making your next play at any of the premier sports betting sites on the market, it is prudent to realize that one team’s strengths in a given matchup might not show up against another team. At the very least, those strengths – even if visible – might not carry as much weight or influence.

 

In bet online reviews, you will be able see that the advantages the Indiana Pacers owned against the Miami Heat won’t emerge as fully against the San Antonio Spurs. Sportsbook lines will gravitate to the Spurs because they have two capable big men – star Tim Duncan and valuable teammate Tiago Splitter – who can nullify the presence of Indiana center Roy Hibbert and power forward David West. San Antonio is not vulnerable in the painted area the way Miami is and has been against Indiana’s size. The Spurs would be able to play Indiana fairly evenly in the paint, and then the Spurs would be able to take over in the backcourt. Indiana point guard George Hill used to be the backup to Tony Parker in San Antonio. Hill would have to go up against Parker in the Finals, and that would be a major mismatch in favor of the Spurs. One also has to realize that San Antonio has Manu Ginobili to call upon as a reserve. Indiana has D.J. Augustin, a terrible defender whom the Spurs would be able to expose on a consistent basis. The more one looks at an Indiana-San Antonio series, one in which the Spurs would have home-court advantage, the more it becomes clear that the Spurs would likely win in no more than six games.

If Miami Plays San Antonio

A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this series – if it happens – might lean to the Heat, even though San Antonio would be starting this series with a lot more rest than Miami. San Antonio’s last game was played on Monday, May 27, while Miami – if it beats Indiana – will enter the Finals after having played on Monday, June 3. Miami’s Dwyane Wade would begin this series without a lot of rest, and that’s a reason to value the Spurs. However, the other matchups favor the Heat. San Antonio is not as imposing with its size near the rim. Splitter is not in the same league as Indiana big man Roy Hibbert. Miami forward Chris Bosh has had a terrible series against Indiana. If Miami somehow gets to the Finals and plays San Antonio, Bosh should be able to do a lot more at both ends of the floor against the Spurs. LeBron James should also be able to get to the rim more often, opening up opportunities for the Heat in their drive-and-kick game. Miami would get pushed by the Spurs, but the Heat should be able to win the series in seven games.

 
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