NBA betting odds: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat
The Miami Heat are likely to be an angry bunch on Tuesday night when they face the Milwaukee Bucks as the Heat blew a sure win in their last game against Boston. Miami opened as a 12.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.
The Heat lost 111-110 to the visiting Celtics on Saturday as Jeff Green hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Boston’s Gerald Wallace hit a layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to get Boston within 110-108 and he fouled Dwyane Wade with 0.6 seconds remaining. Wade missed the first free throw and deliberately bounced the second off the backboard. His shot failed to hit the rim and no time went off the clock, allowing Boston to call a time out and set up an inbounds play.
LeBron James, who was questionable for the game because of ongoing back discomfort, converted two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining to give the Heat 110-106 lead. James led Miami (4-3) with 25 points and 10 assists. Chris Bosh had 20 points and Wade finished with 18. Bosh shot 7 of 12 from the field and has shot at least 50 percent in all six games he’s played this season.
Miami has now scored at least 100 points in each of their first seven games to start the season, the longest streak to start a season in franchise history, surpassing their previous record of three, which they did two times, during the 1994-95 & 1992-93 seasons. Additionally, Miami has now scored 100+ points in eight consecutive regular season games overall, their longest streak since also doing so eight times from 1/26/05 – 2/9/05. The last time they accomplished the feat in nine-straight was during the 1993-94 season when they scored 100-plus in a franchise-best 14-straight times. James has currently scored in double-figures in 502 consecutive games, and in 224 consecutive games for the Heat, a new franchise record.
Milwaukee (2-3) lost 91-83 to Dallas on Saturday. O.J. Mayo had 28 points and Caron Butler added 19 for the Bucks, who were playing their second straight game without forward Larry Sanders. Sanders has missed the past two games with a thumb injury and is iffy for Tuesday. So is Ersan Ilyasova. Brandon Knight returned from a hamstring injury to play Saturday. Veteran point guard Luke Ridnour remains out with a back injury, and Coach Larry Drew revealed before Saturday’s game that Ridnour recently received a second cortisone shot to relieve his pain.
Bucks forward Carlos Delfino posted on his personal website Sunday that his foot injury will require additional surgery and it is likely he will miss the entire 2013-’14 season. Delfino injured his right foot in the NBA playoffs last season when he was with the Houston Rockets and he underwent surgery in May. He was in a walking boot when the Bucks opened training camp in September and said he had suffered a setback in his recovery.
The Heat and Bucks meet for the first of three match-ups this season. Last season, Miami won the season-series 3-1 and swept Milwaukee with four straight blowouts in the first round of the postseason.
WagerWeb trends: Under is 5-0-2 in the last 7 meetings. Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Under is 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings in Miami. Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Heat are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
NBA basketball odds: Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
The Miami Heat will raise their second straight championship banner and receive their rings on Tuesday night when the NBA season opens with the best rivalry in the league as Miami hosts Chicago, the first time the Heat have seen Derrick Rose since April 2012. The Heat opened as 5-point WagerWeb favorites.
Miami is looking to become the first team since the Celtics of the mid-1980s to reach four straight NBA Finals and to win its third straight title. It could be the last, too, as LeBron James can leave as a free agent after this season should he choose. A lot depends on the health of running mate Dwyane Wade. If he can stay healthy, Miami is likely to win another title. If he’s not, the Heat are likely to stumble and James could be headed back to Cleveland.
Miami and Chicago split four regular-season meetings last year. The Bulls ended Miami’s 27-game winning streak in March. Of course this is also the first game for Rose since tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs in the spring of 2012. LeBron says he will reach out to Derrick Rose to personally welcome him back following his yearlong layoff before Tuesday’s game.
Miami’s players and coaches have taken notice of how impressive Rose has looked during the Bulls’ 8-0 run through the preseason. Rose sat out of one game to deal with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee but has averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 27.4 minutes over seven games. One surprising element of Rose’s game has been his improved touch from 3-point range, where he shot 44.4 percent in the preseason. With Rose back, the Bulls are expected to present one of the stiffest challenges to Miami’s quest to become only the fourth franchise in league history to win three consecutive titles.
The Bulls apparently will have center Joakim Noah for this one. Noah, who has been battling a groin injury throughout the preseason, said earlier in the week it was possible that he would miss the opener but now appears confident he will be able to play. He went through all of Sunday’s practice without any limitations. Noah and injured guard Kirk Hinrich are now on track to play Tuesday. Hinrich, who has missed the last week because of a concussion and a shoulder injury also went through all of practice and says he is feeling much better. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t say if either player was definitely going to play Tuesday but did sound optimistic about their chances.
The Heat are 1-1 in season openers they played after receiving their championship rings. They suffered a 42-point loss to Chicago in the 2006-07 opener and defeated Boston 120-107 in the first game last season. Part of Tuesday’s pregame ceremony will include a new player introduction video and also a commemorative tribute to last season’s title run that featured Game 7 victories against Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals and over San Antonio in the Finals.
WagerWeb trends: Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. Bulls are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win. Bulls are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games. Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
Heat will open 2013-14 season against Derrick Rose & Bulls
The NBA‘s opening night looks like a dandy come late October as the Miami Heat will begin defense of their two straight NBA championships against the Chicago Bulls in Derrick Rose’s first game back after missing all of last season. The game, which will be Oct. 29 in Miami, will be a rematch of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season, which the Heat won in five games.
The Heat will receive their 2013 championship rings that night and decorate the AmericanAirlines Arena rafters with a new banner.
Bulls-Heat has turned into one of the bigger rivalries in the East, and maybe the entire NBA, with the Heat having the upper hand, eliminating the Bulls from the postseason in two of the last three seasons. Tensions hit a high point during the Bulls’ 4-1 second-round playoff loss this past season when Nazr Mohammed was ejected for shoving LeBron James to the ground during Game 3.
The NBA schedule has not being finalized but is nearly complete and should be released next week. That schedule is also subject to revision. The Heat will go on the road to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has stated this summer that he is targeting November or December for a return from a torn Achilles tendon.
Another game that has been leaked is that Dwight Howard will face his former Lakers teammates Nov. 7 in Houston. Howard spurned the Lakers this offseason, instead opting to sign a four-year, $88 million deal with the Rockets. With Howard joining James Harden and a strong supporting cast in Houston, the Rockets have become legitimate NBA championship contenders.
Howard spent just one year in Los Angeles, and it was a nightmarish season filled with injuries, uneven play and rocky relationships with both Mike D’Antoni and Kobe. With this date in mind, the question becomes whether Bryant will be back on the court in time to play. He still has hurdles to complete in his rehabilitation process from the injury he suffered in mid-April against the Golden State Warriors.
NBA Finals odds: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat, Game 7
There is nothing like a Game 7 in sports and we have our first in the NBA Finals since 2010 on Thursday night when San Antonio and Miami conclude a highly entertaining series. Game 6 will go down in history as one of the best playoff games ever and it will be interesting to see what each team has left following Miami’s dramatic overtime victory. The Heat opened as 6.5-point favorites on WagerWeb to win their second straight NBA title. San Antonio has never trailed in an NBA Finals series and hasn’t lost back-to-back playoff games this year.
The Heat won Game 6 103-100 in OT. With seven seconds left in the fourth quarter, it looked over for Miami down three LeBron James had missed a 3-pointer, but Bosh came down with the aforementioned clutch rebound. He then kicked the ball out to Ray Allen in the corner for the 3 to tie the game with five seconds left, preventing the Spurs from claiming their fifth NBA title. It was the second 3-pointer after an offensive rebound for the Heat in the final 20.1 seconds (James made it a two-point game after his miss was rebounded by Mike Miller).
James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, making the go-ahead basket with 1:43 remaining in the extra period. It was LeBron’s 11th career postseason triple-double — tied for second-most all-time — and his fourth in the NBA Finals (only Magic Johnson has more.
Tim Duncan dominated the first half of Game 6, scoring 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting in the first half, the most he’s ever scored in the first half of an NBA Finals game. Over the past 15 seasons, only Allen Iverson in 2001 and Ray Allen in 2010 scored more in the first half of a finals game. His 25 points were the same as the rest of the team combined and more than Miami’s Big 3 (21 points combined). In the second half, Duncan attempted only eight shots after halftime, making just two of them, and scoring five points in the second half and overtime.
The good news for Miami is no road team has won a Game 7 in 35 years. The last team to win Game 7 of an NBA Finals on the road was the 1978 Washington Bullets, who upset the Seattle Supersonics in Seattle, 105-99. There have been five Game 7s since, four of which came after the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format in 1985. Each of the previous five was won by the home team, but was reasonably close. The average margin of victory of those five games was six points.
In the last 30 postseasons, home teams are a combined 17-2 in Game 7s in the Conference Finals and NBA Finals. The two losses were by the Sacramento Kings against the Lakers in the 2002 Western Conference Finals and the Pistons against the Heat in the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals.
James is 2-2 all-time in Game 7s, with wins in his last two. Duncan is 2-1 in Game 7s, including a win in Game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals against the Pistons. Duncan had 25 points and 11 rebounds in that game en route to winning the NBA Finals MVP.
NBA Finals odds: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat, Game 6
That Miami Heat dynasty we were all expecting when LeBron James signed with the team? It’s not going to happen if the Heat are upset Tuesday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals as the Spurs are one win from their fifth championship. However, Miami opened as a 7-point favorite on WagerWeb to force a deciding seventh game on Thursday. Check our current lines.
Recent history says the Heat will win Tuesday. They haven’t lost back-to-back games since early January and they have followed each loss in these playoffs with a blowout win. Miami responded to a 36-point loss in Game 3 by putting together its most dominating performance of the Finals in Game 4. The Heat got a combined 85 points from LeBron James, Chris Bosh and a rejuvenated Dwyane Wade for a 109-93 victory that evened the series.
In Sunday’s Game 5, the Spurs won 114-104. San Antonio still has never trailed in an NBA Finals series. Manu Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way with 24 points and 10 assists in his first start of the season on Sunday. It was a far cry from the previous four games, in which Ginobili averaged 7.5 points — the worst of any playoff series in his career — on 34.5 percent shooting. Tony Parker scored 26 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Ginobili had his highest-scoring game of the season as the Spurs became the first team to shoot 60 percent in a finals game in four years. Danny Green smashed the NBA Finals record for 3-pointers, hitting six more and scoring 24 points.
LeBron and Wade each scored 25 points for the Heat. They need a victory to force the first Game 7 in the Finals since the Lakers beat the Celtics in 2010. Of the 27 times the Finals have been tied at 2-2, the Game 5 winner has won 20 of them. Miami was the most recent loser, falling to Dallas in Game 5 in 2011 before being eliminated at home the next game.
Ginobili got 50 touches of the basketball in this game and drove the ball to the basket a dozen times, both numbers far exceeding what he’d done previously in this series. The Spurs outscored the Heat 45-33 on drives in Game 5, including 14 points when Ginobili kept the ball on his drives, and nine points on drives during the Spurs 19-1 run. The Heat shot a series-low 39 percent on drives, including 4-of-12 from Wade and James (who were a combined 11-of-15 for 26 points in Game 4). James was 1-for-8 shooting against Boris Diaw in Game 5, and 7-of-14 against all other defenders.
Green has 25 3-pointers for the series, breaking Ray Allen’s record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals. He made only 28 3-pointers in the previous three rounds of the playoffs combined. Green was equally good whether the shot was open (3-for-5) or contested (3-for-5) in this game. He’s 18-for-24 on open 3-pointers in the series, 7-for-14 when contested.
The Spurs are 14-2 in potential series-clinching games played on the road since the start of the 2002-03 postseason. The rest of the NBA is 61-75 in that span.
WagerWeb.com trends: Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Heat are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. loss. Heat are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS loss. Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Under is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings in Miami. Under is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings.
NBA Finals odds: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs, Game 5
The Miami Heat showed they weren’t going to go quietly in the NBA Finals as their Big 3 stepped up big-time and dominated Game 4 to even the series at two games apiece. Sunday will be the final home game of San Antonio’s season and it’s essentially now a must win because no one expects the Spurs to be able to win two games in Miami. The Heat opened as 1-point favorites for Sunday on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Miami won Game 4 109-93 and still hasn’t lost back-to-back game since early January. Lebron James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, 11 more than his previous high this postseason. Chris Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Miami is 12-0 after defeats since Jan. 10, outscoring opponents by an average of nearly 20 points in the previous 11 victories.
Tim Duncan scored 20 points for the Spurs, who fell to 10-3 at home all-time in the Finals, failing to back up their 113-77 victory in Game 3 that was the third-most lopsided score in the history of the championship series. San Antonio committed 19 turnovers that led to 23 points.
The Heat didn’t use two traditional big men on the court together the entire game. The Heat used two big men 35% of the time in Games 1-3. Udonis Haslem played 10 minutes off the bench in Game 4 (averaged 18 minutes per game this postseason) and Chris Andersen did not play (averaged 15 minutes). Ray Allen logged a postseason-high 33 minutes and Mike Miller played 20 minutes for the 4th time this postseason. – With extra shooters on the court, the Spurs tried to contest shots with more frequency. In the 1st half, the Spurs contested 67% of the Heat’s field goal attempts from 10-plus feet (contested 52% of those attempts in Games 1-3). – With less big men and more shooters, the drive lanes opened for the Heat, who shot a series-high 61.3% off drives in Game 4.
The Heat’s Big 3 combined to score 44 points in the paint in Game 4, double their average from the first 3 games of the series. Wade was 9-for-11 in the paint and scored on all six of his drives to the basket. He was averaging nine points in the paint on 58 percent shooting through the first three games of the series. James and Wade are the first teammates to each score 30 points in an NBA Finals road win since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant did it once in 2001 and once in 2002.
When an NBA Finals series is tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has gone on to win seven of 10 series under the 2-3-2 format that began in 1985. This is the third time the Spurs have been tied 2-2 in an NBA Finals. They won the previous two against the Nets in 2003 and Pistons in 2005. The Heat have won three of four series in the James/Wade/Bosh era when the series was tied 2-2, with the loss coming to the Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.
Tony Parker’s strained right hamstring did bother him in Game 4 and he’s hoping two days of rest before Game 5 on Sunday will help it get back to full strength
“(Rest) is going to be huge for me,” Parker said. “Those two days I’m going to make sure I do a lot of treatment and get to 100 percent. (Thursday) I was not 100 percent. By Sunday that’s my goal, to be good to go.”
NBA Finals odds: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs, Game 4
Are the San Antonio Spurs now the favorites against the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals? The Spurs routed Miami in Game 3 on Tuesday night and since the Finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985, the team that won Game 3 of a series that was 1-1 has won the Finals 12 of 13 times. San Antonio opened as a 1.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com and indeed has become the -130 series betting favorite. Check our current lines here.
San Antonio put on a shooting clinic in Game 3, winning 113-77. Danny Green made seven of the Spurs’ Finals-record 16 3-pointers, and Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Green scored 27 points and Gary Neal made six 3-pointers while scoring 24 as San Antonio went 16-of-32 from behind the arc, rolling to the third-biggest victory in Finals history. It was the worst playoff loss in Heat history.
Not all the news was good for San Antonio. Star point guard Tony Parker went to the locker room with 5:07 remaining in the third quarter to get his hamstring examined. He returned briefly in the fourth quarter, but with the Spurs holding a big lead, there was no reason to take any chances with an injury Parker described as “weird.” Asked whether he thought he’d be able to play in Game 4, Parker said he really wouldn’t know until the results of the MRI came back. That will be taken Wednesday. Parker finished with six points, eight assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes of play Tuesday. The Spurs are 11-5 without him this season. Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 25 points, the fewest the trio has totaled in a playoff game that all 3 played in.
What is wrong with LeBron James? He finished with just 15 points on 21 shots and didn’t attempt a single free throw for just the second time in a playoff game during his career. The Spurs are keeping him from the basket. San Antonio decided, at least for Game 3 and for a few possessions in Game 2, that when James is operating on the perimeter with the ball he is a less deadly offensive weapon when kept on an island by himself than when he is defended straight up.
“I have to be better, and it’s just that simple. … I’m putting everything on my chest and on my shoulders, and I have to be better. My teammates are doing a great job, and I’m not doing my part,” James said.
James shot just 2-for-14 outside the paint and 1-for-5 on three-pointers in Game 3, and he often looked like he was attempting not to settle before ultimately deciding that it was the right basketball play to shoot. James is shooting just 38.9 percent from the field through 3 games. You have to go all the way back to the ’50s to find an MVP who shot worse in the NBA Finals in a season he won the MVP award. LeBron is shooting less than 30 percent in isolation in the NBA Finals, and has been relying more on that play type than in the Heat’s first three series this postseason. James was 0-for-6 in isolation in Game 3. The minus-32 is also the worst for LeBron for ANY game in his NBA career (worst in regular season is minus-30, done twice)
“He’s kind of stopped himself out there,” San Antonio’s Green observed late Tuesday night, “and we’re getting a little lucky.”
The Heat are now 3-22 all-time in San Antonio, although they did win there earlier this year. The Spurs have never trailed in an NBA Finals series (played 25 NBA Finals games in franchise history). Miami hasn’t lost back-to-back games since early January.
WagerWeb.com trends: Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. Heat are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games following a S.U. loss. Spurs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
NBA playoff odds: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs, Game 3
If you would have told the San Antonio Spurs that they were going to hold LeBron James to just 17 points in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, they would have thought a win was in the bag. However, the Heat simply don’t lose back-to-back game any longer — they haven’t since early January. The Heat were very impressive in Sunday’s 103-84 victory to knot the series at a game apiece as it heads to San Antonio for Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Spurs opened as 2-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. It’s the first time Miami has been a dog in these playoffs.
James missed 10-of-13 shots through three quarters and the Heat trailed by a point late in the period before going on an astonishing 33-5 run. Mario Chalmers finished with 19 points, and James had 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three blocks while shooting only 7 of 17 from the field.
The Heat made 10-of-19 3-pointers and got 13 points from Ray Allen, and 12 points and 10 rebounds from the previously slumping Chris Bosh. Bosh was 6-for-10 from the field, and the Heat have now won 30 straight games in which Bosh shot 50 percent from the field or better.
Danny Green made all six shots, including five 3-pointers, and scored 17 points for the Spurs. Tony Parker had 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting for the Spurs, who were so precise in their 92-88 victory in Game 1 but threw the ball all over the white-surrounded court Sunday, committing 17 turnovers that led to 19 Miami points. Tim Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score just 27 points in Game 2 after posting 54 in Game 1.
The Spurs were outscored by 27 points in 33 minutes with Parker on the floor, his worst plus-minus this postseason and the 4th-worst of his postseason career. Parker committed a game-high 5 turnovers (0 in Game 1) and only scored or assisted on 4 points inside 5 feet (12 in Game 1).
The Heat are 5-0 following a loss this postseason (+21.6 PPG diff). Miami has won 11 straight games following a loss dating back to the regular season (haven’t lost consecutive games since Jan. 8-10). The Heat’s 19-point win is the largest Game 2 win by a team following a Game 1 loss in the NBA Finals since the Bulls defeated the Lakers by 21 points on June 5, 1991. The Bulls went on to win that series 4-1.
In Miami’s 33-5 run, the Heat made 12-of-13 shots, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range. The Spurs were 2-for-10 with six turnovers over that same time period. Since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985, the Game 3 winner of a tied NBA Finals series goes on to win the series 92.3 percent of the time (12-1).
WagerWeb.com tends: Heat are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Spurs are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. Under is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in San Antonio. Under is 22-5 in the last 27 meetings.