NBA Finals Betting: Game 4

NBA Finals Betting: Game 4

So much for the Heat looking like the better team in the 2014 NBA Finals. San Antonio dismantled the two-time defending champs in Game 3 thanks to torrid shooting and a career performance from Kawhi Leonard. How Miami responds in Thursday night’s crucial Game 4 will go a long way in deciding which team takes the title. A 3-1 deficit might be too much for LeBron and Co. to overcome, but a 2-2 deadlock puts them back in the driver’s seat. It’s unlikely the Spurs will put on another shooting clinic, or Miami will be commit 20 costly turnovers, but both franchises are fully aware of the importance of Game 4. Here’s a breakdown of tonight’s action.

SAN ANTONIO AT MIAMI -5

Kawhi Leonard needed to wake from his slumber and did so in dominating fashion in Game 3. He was fantastic at both ends of the floor, scoring 29 points and doing a reasonably good job defending LeBron, who was responsible for 7 turnovers. If Leonard can continue to produce for the remainder of the series, the Heat are in trouble. The Spurs won going away despite hitting only 9-20 from beyond the arc. Unlike the Game 2 loss, they got to the free-throw line and knocked down 26-32 attempts. Danny Green also chipped in 15 points and the bench provided quality minutes throughout.

The bad Chris Bosh returned in Game 3, scoring 9 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. Miami needs him to bounce back because the bench, excluding Ray Allen, isn’t proving to be very effective. LeBron had another of his pedestrian games on Tuesday; he was far from terrible, but the Heat are nothing special when he is merely average. Leonard’s improved play should be more than enough motivation for James to deliver another of his monster efforts in front of a hyped home crowd. On a positive note, Rashard Lewis bombed four more three-pointers, bringing his series’ totals to 9-18 from long range. Lewis, not Shane Battier, is becoming a key player for the Heat in the Finals.

Miami was downright awful in the first half of Game 3. After that, they looked more like themselves, contesting shots and pressuring the ball. The term “must-win” is overused, but it fits the description for Miami. They haven’t lost back-to-back postseason games since 2012, and avenging an embarrassing home loss will definitely be on their minds. Expect  LeBron and Wade to be on point from the opening tip on Thursday. As for the Spurs, they must remain patient, play their game, and try to keep the score close entering the fourth quarter.

The Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last seven following an ATS defeat. The Spurs are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 following an ATS victory. This seems like too many points, but Miami is overdue for a huge win. Once again, LeBron comes through in the clutch.

Bet Miami -5