Spurs on 8-2 run after double-digit loss

Posted: June 10, 2013 in NBA
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Chalk up another win for the Miami Heat, after suffering a loss at home.

The Miami Heat have not lost back-to-back home games since the 2011 NBA Finals, as they pushed the streak to 14 games – seven times this season, and three during the playoffs.

In all seven of the Heat’s post-home-loss games on their home court, they’ve won by a combined 162 points – an average of 23.1 points per win. All seven have come by double digits, including Sunday’s 104-83 win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

San Antonio, which is laying just -2-1/2 points to the Heat in Game 3, had its seven-game postseason winning streak snapped, as well as a six-game NBA Finals win streak that dated to the 2005 finals.

Now I wonder what the San Antonio Spurs do after a double-digit thumping.

It just so happens I did the research, and during the course of this season, the Spurs are 8-2 the immediate game after losing by double digits. Nine of those 10 double-digit losses were on the road, so the situation for Game 3 is fitting. The sketchy part is the point spread, as the Western Conference champs are just 5-5 ATS in those follow-up games. Six of those games that followed the double-digit loss were in San Antonio, and of those half dozen, the Spurs are 3-3 ATS.

As I stated in my previous Blog, regarding the Heat after suffering a home loss, this is the NBA Finals, and these are the veteran-laden Spurs who are in the championship round for the first time since 2007, and are in search of their fifth NBA title since 1999. And, lest we forget the Spurs are a perfect 4-0 in the NBA Finals – four trips, four championships. So while the momentum have seemingly shifted back to the defending NBA champs, they may want to be careful upon arriving at The Alamo, as this could be a real ambush.

The Heat did win the regular-season series, one in South Beach and one in San Antonio. Of course, there’s only so much we can take from those two games, as neither matchup featured both teams at full strength.

History says the winner of this game should cover it, as the straight-up victor in this series is on a 10-1 ATS run. And the Heat have won five of the last six meetings. Miami arrives in San Antonio on additional ATS win streaks of 5-1 in the NBA Finals (dating back to last year’s series with the Oklahoma City Thunder) and 4-1 against Western Conference teams. The defending champs have also covered 20 of their last 26 while toting a travel bag.

The Spurs, meanwhile, come back home on ATS win streaks of 40-17 against Southeast teams, 4-1 after failing to cover the previous time on the floor and 6-2 overall.

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