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Ginobili Steals Spotlight Heading in To Game Six at Miami Tuesday

Written by Michael Gordon   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 07:55

  NBA Finals Game 6 Picks, San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat-Tuesday June 18The online sports betting world was waiting for a breakout performance from Manu Ginobili. It got one in game five. Ginobili was a surprise starter in the crucial swing game, and he responded with 24 points and 10 assists to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 114-104 and take a three-games-to-two series lead. The NBA Finals now shifts back to South Beach for game six, and it will be on Ginobili to show that game five was more than just an aberration as the Spurs have the chance to clinch with a win.

NBA Finals – Game 6
San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat
Tuesday June 18, 2013 – 9:00 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Sportsbook Reviews Line: Miami – 2.5


The Heat will need to respond following another disappointing performance, including another relatively poor showing from Lebron James. It may seem unrealistic to say that about a superstar that scored a team-high 25 points with eight assists and six rebounds, but Lebron shot just 8-for-22 and was all but shut down when it counted the most.

NBA Betting Preview: San Antonio Spurs

Boris Diaw did an excellent job of shutting down Lebron, holding him to just 1-of-8 shooting when they were matched up together. That was one of the unheralded performances of game five, as well as the 6-of-8 shooting performance from Kawhi Leonard at the other end. Ginobili was the star of the show, while Danny Green set an NBA Finals record with six more three-balls to push his total to 25. Green and Ginobili each had 24 points in the win and will be key in closing out the price per head series, while MVP Tony Parker continued to battle with a game-high 26 points and five assists.

NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat

Lebron was just 1-of-8 shooting against Diaw, including 0-for-3 in the post, and will need to be way better than that in order for Miami to have a shot. Game five marked the second-straight outing in which Dwyane Wade was able to top the 20-point mark, tying Lebron with a team-high 25 points to go with 10 assists. Ray Allen also got hot with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and will need another clutch performance. The problem is that there wasn’t much else from anyone else on the floor, as Mario Chalmers went 2-for-10 for seven points, while Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem didn’t have a point. Those two will need to do something in game six, but ultimately it will be on Lebron.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The live betting numbers from game five are a clear indication of who stepped up when they had to and who didn’t, and that should have Heat fans concerned heading in to game six. Miami has responded every time they have gone down in this series, but the third time could be the charm for a Spurs’ team looking to finish this series off and avoid having to go a seventh game on the road. For all of the latest NBA news and betting odds, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites.

My Pick: San Antonio Spurs + 2.5

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