A pair of 2014 NBA playoff games compose Tuesday night’s TV and live stream schedule, beginning with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat. As reported by SBN on May 6, American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. will host what should be a very physical and demanding series opener, scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET on TNT (DirecTV channel 245) and TNT Overtime (online).
For the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd & Co. can certainly hang their hats on the fact they were the only team to beat Miami four times this season. As an NBC Sports report illustrates, three of Brooklyn’s were by a single point, while the last one needed an extra session to be decided.
What this does is show how well the Nets played the 2-time defending champs, especially in the fourth and final stanza. How much of an edge does this give a team that’s sure to come into this best-of-seven series as a significant underdog? Well, that remains to be seen, starting tonight in South Beach.
For the Miami Heat, head coach Erik Spoelstra was asked how significant was it that his team couldn’t win a single game versus Brooklyn this year. And while his response was a bit dismissive, truth is that the Nets present some interesting challenged for LeBron James and Miami’s “Big Three”.
Led by the ageless, Paul Pierce and perennial NBA All-Star Deron Williams, the Nets will have an edge in terms of power-forward and point-guard play in this series. But as a May 5 Sun Sentinel report suggests, bench productivity also favors Brooklyn, especially with Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston, Marcus Thornton and Mirza Teletovic coming off the pine.
Nevertheless, Ira Winderman predicts Miami will prevail in six games, and offers some interesting insight as to how. In short, Miami advantages can be found at the center spot (Chris Bosh), at the small forward (LeBron James) and shooting guard positions (Dwyane Wade), as well as in the coaching department.
However, with so many days since their last game, how will the “rest vs. rust” factor play out? Going by what oddsmakers at ESPN have posted, Miami should have a 1-0 lead when it’s all said and done. Moments before tipoff, the Heat are eight-point favorites versus the Nets, while the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 207 points.
General Consensus for Game 1 Prior to TV Start Time
Nets spread: 55 percent.
Heat spread: 45 percent.
Over wagers: 51 percent.
Under wagers: 49 percent.
ATS Trends Prior to Free Live Stream Online
Nets are 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games.
Nets are 9-3-1 in their last 13 Tuesday games.
Nets are 22-8 in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest.
Heat is 1-4 in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
Heat is 21-8-1 in their last 30 Eastern Conference Semifinal games.
Heat is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Nets vs. Heat 2014 NBA Playoffs Key Head-to-Head Stats
Brooklyn is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Miami.
Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Brooklyn is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Miami.
Road team is 21-10 ATS in the last 31 meetings.
Underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.