NBA Betting Preview: Heat at Spurs

The stacked Miami Heat get a chance to prove they can beat a top team when they visit San Antonio on Friday (9:35 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Although they have the second best record in the Eastern Conference, the Heat (43-18 SU, 28-32-1 ATS) have had trouble against elite teams as they are 0-3 against Boston and 0-2 against Chicago. A win at San Antonio against the league’s best team would help quiet the critics.

San Antonio is listed as a 2-point favorite at SBGGlobal.com and the total is set at 195.5. On the moneyline, the Spurs are -135; the Heat are +115.

The Heat do have key wins this season against Orlando, Oklahoma City and the Lakers, but for the most part they have been a disappointment in big games.

Friday’s game for Miami will be the latest installment in a stretch of 10 critical games against potential playoff teams. Last night, the Heat lost 99-96 to the Magic as 5.5-point home favorites. Tonight’s challenge will be followed up with a home game against the Bulls on Sunday.

Miami will have a little bit of a new look on Friday as newly-acquired point guard Mike Bibby (9 ppg, 3.6 asp) will be in the lineup. The Heat are hoping that the addition of the 13-year veteran will improve their offensive flow.

San Antonio (50-11 SU, 35-24-2 ATS) is coming off a 109-99 win at Cleveland on Wednesday as 9-point road favorites. The win was the 50th of the season for the Spurs who have the league’s best record. They have now won 50 games or more in 12 straight seasons which is tied for the most all-time.

The Spurs have won 21 straight at home but there is no doubt this game on Friday against the Heat will be their biggest test especially since starting point guard Tony Parker (leg) is out due to injury.

Here are some key NBA betting stats for Friday’s game:

The Spurs are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. the Southeast. The Spurs are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six home games.

The Heat are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. the Western Conference. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Miami comes into this game with no rest. Six of the Heat’s last eight games have gone over when they are playing with no rest. Ten of Miami’s last 14 road games have gone over the total.

The under is 16-5 in the Spurs’ last 21 home games.

In this series, the under is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in San Antonio.

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