It’s hard to believe that it’s Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals and it’s already do-or-die time for the Miami Heat, as they face a San Antonio Spurs team determined to end their two-year reign. As reported by SBN on June 15, opening tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT/6 p.m. MDT/5 p.m. PDT) and it can be seen live on ABC (national TV) and ESPN3 (free online live stream).
One of the beauties about the NBA Finals is that TV and online coverage is extensive and available for all basketball fans to enjoy, especially those in the Miami area. The 2014 edition of The Finals is no exception, as ABC (Miami-10) and ESPN (National) have all the angles covered for Heat and Spurs fans alike.
For example, South Floridians can tipoff their NBA Finals party as early as 7 p.m. ET with ABC’s Local 10 Courtside. This half-hour show will set the table for the Heat’s must-win game tonight from the Alamo City.
ABC’s national broadcast takes over at 7:30 p.m. ET with NBA Countdown live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The official 2014 NBA Finals presentation is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET – with tipoff taking place about 15 minutes after due to team introductions and the singing of the National Anthem.
For those watching Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals online things are slightly different. For starters, ESPN will handle live streaming duties for all pre and post game activities, and the good news is that it’ll all be 100 percent free of charge (no subscriptions required).
First up, tipping off at 7:30 p.m. ET is the NBA Pre-Game Warm-Up Camera (Game #5) show live stream. That is followed by the 8 p.m. ET Internet feed of the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs (The Finals - Game 5) live stream, which matches ABC’s national TV airing.
Will the Miami Heat live to fight another day, or will the San Antonio Spurs close out the series in 5 and win their fifth NBA title? Find out by live streaming ESPN3’s free presentation of the NBA Finals Post Game Press Conference (Game #5) at approximately 10:15 p.m. ET – following the final buzzer.
For kicks, the San Antonio Spurs come in favored by six ATS points over the Miami Heat in Game 5, while the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 197 points. Straight-up betting lines have the visiting team’s odds of an upset at +190, the home side is valued at -220, and here are some interesting stats to consider:
ATS Action Prior to ABC TV Start Time Schedule
Heat spread: 54 percent.
Spurs spread: 46 percent.
OVER wagers: 73 percent.
UNDER wagers: 27 percent.
Trends To Consider Prior to ESPN3 Free NBA Live Stream
Heat is 5-1 ATS in its last six games following a straight-up loss.
Heat is 4-1 ATS in its last five after allowing 100 points or more in its previous game.
Heat is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
Spurs are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games.
Spurs are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Heat vs. Spurs 2014 NBA Finals Game 5 Key Stats
Miami is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
UNDER is 26-12 in the last 38 meetings.
OVER is 9-3 in San Antonio’s last 12 games playing on two days rest.
OVER is 4-1 in Miami’s last five Sunday games.