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2013 NBA Finals, Game 2: Spurs vs. Heat

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Sunday, 09 June 2013 16:24

2013 NBA Finals, Game 2 OddsThe Miami Heat have just finished a bruising Eastern Conference Finals series. As the NBA Finals move to Game 2, the champions have to stay locked in against San Antonio.

2013 NBA Finals, Game 2:

San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat – Sunday, June 9

In an online casino, it is hard to know which numbers matter. Will Game 2 provide the same dynamics as Game 1 of the NBA Finals? Probably not. Can San Antonio turn this probability into an advantage?

Regardless of the pay per head sites you prefer, you will have to acknowledge that San Antonio and Miami did not field their normal starting fives in their two regular season matchups.

When the Spurs visited the Heat in late November, they didn’t play their starters because coach Gregg Popovich felt his guys needed to rest in advance of a key conference game against Memphis two days later. When the Heat traveled to San Antonio at the end of March, they didn’t play LeBron James or Dwyane Wade because Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra felt his stars needed to rest in advance of the playoffs, especially since the Heat had locked up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs and in the Eastern Conference in particular. These teams don’t have a true scouting report on each other. It’s important to realize that Miami has made roster changes since these teams last met as full squads in 2012. Miami added Ray Allen and Chris Andersen, altering the way it plays. San Antonio’s starting five has not played a full game against the Heat’s normal complement of players. Examining 5dimes.eu reviews on this series will tell you that after Game 1, and only after Game 1, will we know more about the matchups in this series, and how the chess match between Popovich and Spoelstra will take shape.

 

Yes, it’s true that San Antonio’s older roster – especially its aging trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili – got a week and a half of rest before the Finals began on June 6. They will have two more days of rest before Game 2 on Sunday. However, the thing to keep in mind is that Miami – while not nearly as rested as San Antonio – will also get two full days of recovery after Game 1, and the Heat will be able to sleep in their own beds. Miami will be helped to a degree by the Thursday-Sunday-Tuesday playing schedule of the Finals. Stamina probably won’t be a negative factor for the Heat in this contest.

What points to a San Antonio win in this game is not so much the rest-based part of the equation, but the rust-based part of the calculus. The Spurs should be able to shake off the rust that will likely characterize Game 1. They should be in flow in Game 2, displaying the kind of rhythm and seamless action that defines their halfcourt sets. San Antonio will probably find Game 1 to be an uneven and uncomfortable experience, but Game 2 should be different, and that’s why NFL betting experts with a fairly limited amount of NBA knowledge will probably say that the

Spurs deserve a small but real edge on Sunday evening in Miami.

 
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