Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs take on the defending champion Miami Heat in South Beach. It will be the first time these teams take the court against each other this season and both teams have double digit wins. The Miami Heat (10-3) and the San Antonio Spurs (12-3) are both in the top five in points scored per game at 100+ however the Heat have one of the worst defenses in the league allowing 100.3 points per game.
This game could be a preview of a potential NBA Finals series if both teams continue to play as well as they are playing now. However, the Spurs played this well last year but didn’t get past the Western Conference finals getting eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Heat are on a four-game winning streak right now and are undefeated at home however playing on the road will not be a factor for the Spurs because they have played the majority of their games on the road. San Antonio is 9-1 on the road up with their only loss In LA against the above .500 LA team, the Clippers.
The key matchup in this game is going to be Tim Duncan against Chris Bosh. Duncan is the leading scorer and rebounder on the Spurs with 18.7 ppg and 10.1 rebounds per game. Duncan is the only player in this game who averages a double-double and will have a tough matchup in Chris Bosh. Bosh is averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds so his numbers are very similar to Duncan. Look for both players to be fighting for rebounds all game and Bosh may take away a double-double for Duncan in this game.
The last time that these two teams met was last season in Miami. In that game, Miami came back from a 14 point deficit at halftime to win the game by 22 points in a big performance from Chris Bosh putting up 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Look for both teams to come out hot and put up 100+ points.
Where to watch: TNT, Spurs vs. Heat
When: Tonight, Thursday the 29th at 8 E.T
Prediction: Heat by 2