The Miami Heat face off against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The game starts at 9:00 p.m EST on ABC.
The game is in Miami at American Airlines Arena.
The Spurs are coming off of nine days rest, while the Heat just finished off the Indiana Pacers after going seven games in the Eastern Finals.
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“They are going to be in more of a rhythm than us,” Spurs point guard Tony Parker acknowledged.
The Heat opened as 5.5-point favorites nearly unanimously across Las Vegas, but Spurs money has pushed the spread down to 5 by Thursday morning at multiple sports books. The over/under is 188.
History shows that teams coming off a tough seven-game series in the conference finals traditionally struggle in the NBA Finals, especially in Game 1.