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The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will begin the NBA Finals on Thursday in San Antonio with Game 1. The teams met in the NBA Finals a year ago with the Heat prevailing in seven games. The Heat look to win again this year in what would be their third consecutive title victory. [ad-4468020]

NBA Finals Game 1
Miami Heat (12-3) at San Antonio Spurs (12-6)
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: AT&T Center
City: San Antonio, Texas
O/U Odds: 198.5
Spread: San Antonio -4

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The health of Tony Parker has been the most discussed item entering this series, which is a great indicator that there really isn’t much to talk about. Parker is sure to play every game in this series, particularly given that there is a five-game break between the end of the Western Conference Finals and the first game of the NBA Finals, then another two-day break between Games 1 and 2.

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His contributions will be especially important as the Heat defense has taken a major step back this postseason, which means Parker will have an opportunity to really take over this series as he did in the early going a year ago.
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Dwyane Wade stepped up in the Finals a year ago and the Heat hope he can continue his strong play this postseason. While Chris Bosh has become a secondary offensive threat, Wade has shown flashes of his old self.

As Tim Duncan noted after the Spurs’ series win in the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs are a determined bunch, looking to atone for last year’s collapse in the Finals, and getting a win in the series opener will be a major step towards winning their fifth title.

The Spurs enter this game in far better form than the Heat, even if they did need three more games to get through a tougher Western Conference than the Heat did to make their way through the East. The Spurs won the opener of last year’s series by four points, and they’re seemingly a better squad this time around.

Additionally, the under was money in San Antonio in last year’s Finals, going 3-1, with the lone exception coming when Ray Allen went off in the closing moments of Game 6 to force overtime. The Heat haven’t been as good defensively this season as they were a year ago, but the Spurs actually rate out as a better defensive squad this postseason, and the total for this game is 10 points higher than it was for Game 1 a year ago.

The Spurs are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games, while the Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played in San Antonio.

The under is 4-1 in the Spurs’ last five games overall, and it is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these teams in San Antonio.

The play: San Antonio -4, Under 198.5

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