Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
7:00 PM ET, March 31, 2013
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
The Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich is known for resting his guys at this stage of the season, he knows the importance of healthy bodies on the floor for the postseason. I can guarantee that this is not a game he will want them to rest. They lost to the Heat in their only meeting of the season and they want a little revenge. There is also the fact that they need to make sure they can beat the Heat in case that they meet up in the Finals. (If you ask me, it is likely to happen).
The Heat team is coming off a big time loss to the Bulls… but it’s not the loss that is a big deal. It is the way they lost. They frustrated LeBron to no end and showed other teams how to get under his skin and bother him. It got to the point where he was so frustrated that he got a flagrant foul call for ramming into a set pick to his right side. The Spurs are the same kind of team as the Bulls, they like to grind games out and make teams beat themselves up. The only difference is the Spurs experience and their bench, two of the best in the NBA by far.
Your Inside Scoop:
This game is a pick and at this point playing the total is dangerous, because it all depends on how hard they have to play each other. The public thinks that the Heat will get back on track and follow that loss with a win to show the world it was just one game. I on the other hand, have seen how hard is to beat the Spurs twice in a season back to back. They don’t forget those things and they will look to capitalize on every mistake from Miami. The wise guys are waiting for the line to move to take advantage of any plus money they can get on the Spurs.
For all you Big Ten fans out there, you can`t miss this game that is being played on Thursday at 9pm ET between the Michigan Wolverines and the Indiana Hoosiers. It will be aired live on ESPN2. Just in case you are not a Big Ten fan, that is not an issue here! As long as you enjoy watching great basketball, then this is the game for you… they are Ranked 13th and 12th in the Nation.
For those of you out there that have been out of the loop - the Indiana Hoosiers are probably one of the hottest teams in the nation and they are going to be one of the contenders to win the Big Ten. And not only that, but also to make an extremely impressive run in the NCAA Tournament as long as they keep playing the way they have been so far. This Indiana team has beaten some of the best teams in the nation already. They, first of all, knocked off number one in the nation, Kentucky, on December 10th by a score of 73-72. This past December 31st, they beat number two in the nation, Ohio State, by a score of 74-20.
The only team they have lost to is Michigan State, in Michigan, who were ranked 17th in the nation. They lost the game by a score of 80-65. It was a disappointing loss for the Hoosiers because they were on a roll and had won a nice twelve games in a row. This match against Michigan will be a big test for Indiana, but in their favor, they will be playing at home and that will for sure make a big difference coming down the stretch.
Both of these two teams love to shoot three pointers, so it will interesting which of the two come out firing strong first. I feel that the team that takes the early lead will be the team that leads the whole way. There is nothing tougher for a team to fall behind and then have to make a comeback against a team that shoots three pointers just as well as they do. I think if you really want to make a bet on this game, then bet the team total of Indiana going over or the over for the game.