Tonight is a good night in the NBA and to be an NBA fan. The Lakers and Clippers rivalry takes stage in the second game of the TNT doubleheader. The first game is the game of the night for me with the Heat vs. Spurs in this season’s second rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat are on a short road trip in which they lost the first game to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Everyone wondered what would the encore be for LeBron James after his 61 point outburst against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night. The performance has reviews and critics, but LeBron showed everyone why he is still the best player in the league currently aside from the rise of Kevin Durant. The Miami Heat are gaining momentum as we reach the stretch of the NBA season and with the whole team looking like they are hitting all strides, the main concern is the health of Dwyane Wade. If Wade is healthy then I believe the Heat are the team to beat, but with the Indiana Pacers recent woes, that might not be much of a hurdle as we anticipated earlier this season. Also look for Greg Oden to get some good playing time tonight going up against the front line of the Spurs.
As for the Spurs, it seems they are also getting their big role players back in the fold with Kwahi Leonard and Tony Parker returning from injury. The play of Tim Duncan just keeps getting better and better with each aging year. He has been the foundation for the Spurs franchise for many years and has kept the team competitive year after year, in addition to the partners in crime Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. For the first time this season, the Spurs will have their full complement of players at their disposal against the Miami Heat and look forward to sending not only a message to the Heat, but the rest of the NBA. They want another ring and will look to accomplish that after being a Ray Allen jumper away from it last year.
The Pick: Tonight’s game will be entertaining for sure, but the questions about who will play will surface and just how well both teams will come out to play. You can not put much stock into regular season games when trying to look towards another potential Finals match-up with these two teams. I look for LeBron and Duncan to be the stars they are, but I look for Chris Bosh and Manu to be the keys to either side in this game tonight. I am picking the Spurs to win this game, Miami Heat 101 – San Antonio Spurs 110.
National TV: TNT
Time: 8:00 PM EST