According to a June 7 CBS report, after becoming the joke of the 2014 NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Heat will try and even things out in Game 2 against the Spurs. Tonight’s contest, which has a TV scheduled start time of 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), will be televised on ABC (national TV), but will be streaming live and free of charge at ESPN3 (online).
Opening tipoff is slated for approximately about 10 minutes after the broadcast gets underway (8:10 p.m. ET) from – hopefully an air-conditioned – AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The (1-0) San Antonio Spurs come in leading this best-of-seven series 1-0 over the two-time defending NBA champion (0-1) Miami Heat.
As reported by ESPN, LeBron James’ cramps in Game 1 have a scientific explanation. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped NBA fans from ridiculing the four-time NBA Most valuable player, to the point that his “LeBroning” have gone viral on social media.
In the case of the Spurs, Gregg Popovich understands that Game 1 would have probably played out in a much different manner had James been available. With that said, San Antonio did show that they are the more complete team in this matchup, as the Spurs picked up their intensity, while Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Heat players simply disappeared.
That’s why it should come as no surprise that 2014 NBA Finals oddsmakers list the San Antonio Spurs [-4] as four-point favorites over the Miami Heat [+4] in tonight’s ATS battle. Furthermore, the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 200 points, and alternate straight-up betting lines go as follows: Road team [-185] vs. Home team [+160].
General Consensus Prior to 2014 NBA Finals Game 2
Heat spread: 56 percent.
Spurs spread: 46 percent.
OVER wagers: 783 units.
UNDER wagers: 385 units.
ATS Trends to Consider Prior to ESPN3 Free Live Stream Online
Miami is 4-0 in its last four games following a straight-up loss.
Miami is 5-1 in its last six after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Miami is 5-1 in its last six games following an ATS loss.
San Antonio is 13-3 in its last 16 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
San Antonio is 4-1 in its last five games following a straight-up win.
San Antonio is 8-2 in its last 10 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat vs. Spurs 2014 Key Stats Prior to ABC’s TV Schedule Start Time
Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
OVER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in San Antonio.
OVER is 6-2 in the last eight meetings.
Heat is 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio.