San Antonio utterly destroyed Miami in game three and took a 2-1 lead in a series that could be heading to a untimely conclusion. The Heat were outplayed and lost by 46 points in Texas, which makes it hard to believe that they will rebound overnight and level the score two days later.
Bet: San Antonio
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.90
What happened on Tuesday night shocked the audience as the stars packed visitors had no reaction and were no match for the red-hot Spurs. Throughout the regular season, San Antonio won 35 games at home while losing six, so it is not surprising that they are credited with the first chance in Texas. Nobody expected Miami to lose every single quarter, not with Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade on the court.
Gregg Popovich is one of the most experienced coaches in NBA and under his guidance, San Antonio won its last title. The fact that he made very few changes in the starting team and found the resources to build an entire formation around a core of veteran players makes his achievement even more remarkable. It was not only Tony Parker, Ginobili and Duncan who delivered, but also players such as Denny Green, Gary Neal and Kawli Leonard. These three players scored a combined 27 points, providing their team the upper hand in the second half of Game 3.
Odds of 1.90 with Pinnacle Sports for a home victory are always attractive when punters have to back San Antonio to win, but this time they are simply terrific. The best Miami can do right now is to put up a better defensive effort, but the lopsided defeat surely ate away at their confidence and this will show in Game 4.