San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat: Preston’s Best Bet

San Antonio Spurs (31-29) fly into American Airlines arena to face-off against the Miami Heat (32-30). Both teams enter with one day of rest behind them. Jimmy Butler led a heroic 33 point scoring effort but the Heat still fell to the short-handed Chicago Bulls 110-102 in their last game. San Antonio’s last game went to the wire against the Washington Wizards. Behind DeMar DeRozan’s 37 point scoring performance beating Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook in overtime 146-143.

The Line: San Antonio Spurs (+154) vs. Miami Heat (-186)

Spurs will be without Derrick White for tonight’s game. Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro are listed as questionable on the Heat’s injury report. Be sure to keep an eye on that injury report. Spurs overall ATS record this season is 33-27. While the Heat are below average ATS with a 27-34-1 record. Spurs are 20-8 ATS when playing away games. Miami Heat are 13-18-1 ATS when playing at home. Spurs are 9-4 ATS when playing above 500 teams. Miami Heat are 4-6 ATS when playing at home against above 500 teams.

Spurs hold the edge in points per game, field goal %, rebounding, turnovers and bench contributions. Miami has the edge in free throw % and team defense. These two teams have only met once this season and Miami won comfortably 107-87 at San Antonio. Tonight I believe the Spurs are looking to get that one back and keep pace in an increasingly competitive Western Conference to avoid the play-in round of the playoffs.

Preston’s Best Bet: San Antonio Spurs +5 (-110)

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