According to a June 5 CBS Sports preview of the 2014 NBA Finals, Game 1 between the Miami and San Antonio, which has a scheduled start time of 9:10 p.m. EST (8:10 p.m. CST/6:10 p.m. PST), can be seen live on ABC (national TV) and ESPN3 live stream (online). A rematch of last year’s NBA Championship is in store as the Spurs will try and enact revenge on the Heat, but this time with home-court advantage on their side.
AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, will be the site for what is becoming one of the best interconference rivalries in the National Basketball Association. This best-of-seven NBA Finals series will be played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, and as mentioned above, the two-time defending Western Conference champs will have the venue advantage on their side.
NBA fans trying to watch this game on a television set simply tune to ABC (Miami Channel 10). TV coverage for the NBA Finals 2014 opener gets underway with NBA Countdown at 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CST/5:30 p.m. PST). Live streaming online options include ABC Live Stream or ESPN3 Live Stream – click on either one of those links to launch the free online live streams of Game 1 between the Heat and Spurs.
For the Miami Heat, given the way these teams matchup, their three-peat hopes will depend on LeBron James’ ability to stay on the court for 35-plus minutes per game. With Erik Spoelstra’s lack of depth being an issue heading into this series, the four-time MVP can expect to see heavy minutes night in and night out.
This type of demand could produce one of two scenarios for LBJ: Legendary performances that will go into the record books, or regrettable experiences that could cost the franchise a shot at dynasty status. Nevertheless, moments from his fifth NBA Finals appearance and all the pressures that come along with winning another ring, James is opting not to engage in “legacy” talks.
“I play for my teammates, our team, the city of Miami, my friends, and family,” he said on Wednesday. “Win, lose, or draw, I’m satisfied with that. I don’t get involved in what people say about me and my legacy. I think it’s actually kind of stupid.”
For the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich leads a team of men motivated by revenge and inspired by a chance at redemption. After practically giving away last year’s Larry O’Brien Trophy, “Pop”, Tim Duncan and the boys got their wish, as they get another crack at the Miami Heat for all the marbles.
However, as reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Spurs ability to win their fifth NBA title in 15 seasons will depend on Tony Parker’s health status. The six-time NBA All-Star, who missed the entire second half of San Antonio’s Game 6 (overtime) win against the Thunder, will test his injured ankle for the first time tonight.
“A little bit because you never know how it’s going to feel,” Parker said about his ankle holding up for the duration of the series. “But I’m trying to be very positive, trying to do everything I can, eat healthy, get my rest, do all the treatment. I just trust my body.”
NBA Finals 2014 Game 1 Odds
Miami spread: +5 pts.
Miami line: +183 ML.
San Antonio spread: -5 pts.
San Antonio line: -213 ML.
OVER/UNDER: 199 pts.
Heat vs. Spurs ATS Action Prior to ABC live stream
Heat spread: 43 percent.
Spurs spread: 57 percent.
OVER wagers: 58 percent.
UNDER wagers: 42 percent.
ATS Betting Trends Prior to TV Schedule Start Time
Miami is 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Miami is 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Miami is 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning S.U. record.
San Antonio is 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games.
San Antonio is 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games versus a team with a winning road record.
San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games.
NBA Finals 2014 Game 1 Buzzer Beating Stats
Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
OVER is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
UNDER is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in San Antonio.
Miami is 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in San Antonio.