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2013 NBA Finals, Game 6: Spurs vs. Heat Free Pick

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Monday, 17 June 2013 23:20

San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat – Tuesday, June 18The Miami Heat get to come home after playing three straight games on the road in San Antonio, but they must win, or else their season will end without an NBA championship.

2013 NBA Finals, Game 6:

San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat – Tuesday, June 18

Sportsbook line: Miami -7

Why San Antonio Will Win

When making your next play at any of the online slot machines on the market, make sure to play casino at europacasino get the best bonuses and offers for the NBA finals season. In bet online reviews, you will see that the Spurs – not just the Heat – thrive when doubted and tested. Game 6 is a close-out opportunity for San Antonio, and naturally, if the Spurs can get a lot of the ingredients they poured into their Game 5 recipe, they’re going to win this series and become champions of the NBA for the first time since 2007.

San Antonio thrived in Game 5 because Manu Ginobili, after four poor games and a boatload of criticism from the national media, finally came alive and provided the combination of scoring punch and crisp passing that can make him so effective when he’s “on.” A terrific outing defined by 24 points (on 8-of-14 shooting) and 10 assists made Ginobili the resilient hero of the moment and the runaway MVP of Game 5. Yes, teammates Danny Green and Tony Parker aided him considerably, but Ginobili quieted his legions of doubters in much the same way that Dwyane Wade did in Game 4 this past Thursday. Ginobili can pry open so many opportunities for himself and his teammates when he is on his game; there was nothing he failed to do on Sunday, when he enabled San Antonio to take a 3-2 lead in this series. Ginobili hit some perimeter shots. He took the ball to the rim and finished plays in traffic. He got to the free throw line, finishing with seven makes, and he dropped the ball to teammates who were in perfect positions to score easy buckets. If Ginobili continues to make plays while Tony Parker also gets into the paint and Green knocks down threes, the Spurs should lift the trophy on Tuesday.

 

Why Miami Will Win

A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this contest might lean to the Heat for one primary reason: Even though Miami is not stringing together convincing performances in consecutive games, it is certainly managing to respond properly to losses. The Heat have not lost consecutive games at any point in their season since January. The Indiana Pacers could never beat them twice in a row, and San Antonio has yet to pull off that feat, either. In this game, will the Spurs get another great game from Ginobili? Can San Antonio do the things it did in Games 3 and 5 of this series, but in Miami’s building instead of the state of Texas? The Heat have been at their best this postseason precisely when questions and alarm bells have resounded in their midst.

When the critics and pundits wonder if everything will come crashing down on the Heat, and if the pressure of living up to expectations will overwhelm the defending champions, they rise off the mat and deliver a focused, high-energy defensive performance that gets them back on the right track and dispels the climate of gloom which so easily emerges in the wake of a bad game. Miami got whacked in Game 3 and bounced back in Game 4 on the road. At home in Game 6, the Heat should certainly find it within themselves to make relevant adjustments, contain Ginobili, limit Green’s three-point opportunities, and dig out a win to set up Game 7 on Thursday.

Who Will Win?

The sense here is that the back-and-forth nature of this series will lead to one more pendulum swing, with the Heat – now backed into a corner – playing with supreme energy and focus in the face of elimination. Miami will come out swinging, and it should be able to work through its problems well enough to even this series at three games apiece.

My Pick: Miami -7

Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2015 15:33
 
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