The SAN ANTONIO and the MIAMI will both be gunning for a victory on 11/7/2018 at 7:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS vs MIAMI HEAT
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
TV: 7:35 PM
PREDICTION: MIAMI , SAN ANTONIO
Oddsmakers currently have the MIAMI listed as 2 point favorites versus the SAN ANTONIO, while the game’s total is sitting at 217.5.
The San Antonio Spurs had a few days to dwell on a home loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday and hope to turn their fortunes when they begin a stretch with nine of 12 on the road by visiting the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The Heat snapped a three-game slide with an overtime victory at Detroit Pistons on Monday.
San Antonio held opponents to an average of 99.8 points during a four-game winning streak but struggled to bring the same execution on that end in the 117-110 loss to Orlando. “We were a step slow on everything,” Spurs All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge told reporters. “You have nights like that. They were just moving faster than us and we were one step behind. We let that snowball into not communicating. It was just a perfect storm to be terrible on defense.” Miami snapped its three-game slide by turning it up at the defensive end, holding the Pistons to 41.3 percent from the floor while forcing 20 turnovers. “That’s what we hang our hats on,” Miami forward Justise Winslow told reporters. “We got a lot of tough guys, defensive minded guys. We just got to get back to who we are. We’re going to score enough points. But I think the big thing (Monday) was we got stops when we needed to, and it paid off.”
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (San Antonio), FS Sun (Miami)
ABOUT THE SPURS (6-3): San Antonio figured to take some time to gel after adding All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, but the former Toronto Raptor has been remarkably consistent. DeRozan is averaging 27.3 points on 51.6 percent shooting and scored at least 25 points in each of the last five contests. DeRozan is getting some help spacing the floor from point guard Patty Mills, who went 4-of-14 from beyond the arc in the first four games but is 13-of-23 in the last five contests.
ABOUT THE HEAT (4-5): Miami shooting guard Josh Richardson is taking on a larger role in the offense and scored 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting in Monday’s win – the third time in the last four games that he scored at least 27. “It’s something we all celebrated here and wanted him to do it,” veteran guard Dwyane Wade told reporters of Richardson. “It’s still impressive. The shots he was taking in overtime and making, those are big-time shots. Not a lot of players can do it that way. We want him to continue to have the confidence to take it to the next level, and we’re going to need it.” Richardson is 9-of-15 from 3-point range in the last two games and is often tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best wing player.
1. Spurs SF Rudy Gay (heel) sat out the last game and is day-to-day.
2. Heat C Hassan Whiteside (knee) sat out Monday and is questionable for Wednesday.
3. San Antonio took each of the last 11 meetings, going back to the final three games of the 2014 NBA Finals.
PREDICTION: Spurs 115, Heat 106