Spurs win Game 1, ‘under’ cashes

Published on Friday, 6/7/13, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

By Brian Edwards

San Antonio drew first blood in the NBA Finals by capturing a 92-88 win as a five-point underdog in Game 1 at Miami. The Spurs hooked up money-line backers with a +200 payout (risk $100 to win $200), while the 180 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 189.5-point total.

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan led the way for the winners. Parker scored 21 points and dished out six assists, while Duncan finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.

LeBron James had a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade added 17 points, while Ray Allen and Chris Bosh chipped in 13 points apiece.

But Bosh made only 6-of-16 shots from the field and pulled down just five rebounds. His 13 points ended a streak of four consecutive games without scoring in double figures.

For Game 2 on Sunday night, most books are listing the Heat as a six-point home favorite with the total reduced to 188. The Spurs are +240 on the money line.

With San Antonio leading the series 1-0, Bovada adjusted the series price to make the Spurs the -130 ‘chalk’ with the Heat available for a +110 return. Sportsbook.ag had the Spurs at -115 with the Heat at -105.

I cashed a pair of winners with the Spurs and the ‘under’ to improve to 128-92 (58.2%, +28.1 units) for the season. Bettors can get my picks for the rest of the Finals by clicking here.

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