Flying San Antonio Spurs to triumph over inconsistent Heat
Robbie Purves | February 9, 2016
San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat
- Wednesday, February 10th
- Tipoff: 01:00 GMT
- AmericanAirlines Arena
For all the frenzy and excitement over Golden State as they hunt down the Chicago Bulls’ single season win record, San Antonio Spurs are often overlooked for a team going equally as strong.
This is the first match-up of a two-game series that ends on March 23rd; they will look to continue their impressive record after winning 10 of their last 12 games and are odds-on at 4/11 with Coral on to triumph over Miami Heat.
After coach Gregg Popovich lead the franchise to its first ever NBA title 17 years ago, the Spurs are still going strong – and this might just be their best team ever. Popovich’s men average 104.9 points per game while Miami are at 95.9, the 29th lowest in the league. Spurs are even-money chances to score more than 100.5 against Miami.
Kawhi Leonard is averaging a respectable 20 points and 2.4 assists per game while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 16.7 points and 8.5 rebounds – leaving Spurs with an impressive 48-8 win record this season.
San Antonio have won the past three meetings, sweeping last campaign’s two-game series with the rapid ball movement that left the Heat gasping.
The Spurs will be without mainstays Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili when they arrive at the AmericanAirlines Arena, but are expected to have enough firepower to dismiss the hosts.
Miami are fourth in the Eastern Conference and will look to run into some sort of consistency after winning six of their last 12. Two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh is experiencing a basketballing renaissance, averaging around 19 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while Hassan Whiteside is grabbing a solid 11.1 rebounds.
However, the Heat’s three-point percentage is the third lowest in the league which could be a problem against San Antonio. Golden State managed to beat the Spurs by quick, slick passing in moves which would often end up with Klay Thompson or Steph Curry sinking a three point shot.
The Warriors did this as San Antonio are so strong at defending the paint and can create a solid defensive wall. For the Heat to triumph, they will need to be successful from beyond the arc, otherwise they may find it difficult to score regular baskets. They are odds-on at 8/11 to score under 94.5 points against Popovich’s men.
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors
- Wednesday, February 10th
- Tipoff: 03:30 GMT
- Oracle Arena
- BT Sport 1
Golden State take a nine-game winning streak into their final home game before the AllStar break as they face the Houston Rockets at the Oracle Arena.
This will be the final meeting between the two teams in the regular season, after the former prevailed in each of the first two matchups.
The Warriors will look to build upon their historic 46-4 record in their search to beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls 72-10 all-time greatest record.
Golden State are averaging a league high 115.4 points with Curry scoring 29.8 points per game. The reigning MVP’s numbers are superb and is on track to become of the NBA’s greatest ever players. His team seem to be an unstoppable juggernaut and are 6/4 to win their second consecutive NBA Championship.
The Warriors have the highest three point accuracy in the league at 42.7 per cent, and haven’t lost a home game since January 17th, 2015 and look set to continue that run against the the Rockets.
James Harden is averaging 27.8 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard is making 14.2 points and 11.9 rebounds. However, Houston allow the third most points in the league per game at 106.3, combine this with the Warriors who are the leading scorers, and you have a recipe of a high scoring, fast paced game of basketball.