It’s taken a while but we finally have an NBA Finals series. After Detroit and San Antonio each won a pair of home games in routs, Sunday night’s critical game five came down to the final few seconds of overtime when San Antonio’s Robert Horry drained the winning 3-pointer that enabled the Spurs to win 96-95 and return home holding a 3 games to 2 lead in the best of 7 Finals.
Game six and a potential game seven will be played in San Antonio and the Spurs are a solid favorite to win the NBA Title. The winner of game five has a history of going on to win best of seven series and the task is made much easier for the Spurs by virtue of hosting the series’ final game or games.
Detroit has done well in recovering from their 0-2 deficit but failed to become the first team in NBA Finals hoop history to sweep the middle three home games after they dropped Game 5.
San Antonio has opened as a solid five-point favorite for Game 6 and they should be the play to capture its second NBA title in three seasons.
Detroit had its chances to head on the road with that 3-2 lead, but the Pistons were unable to hold on to late leads Sunday night. Now they face a very difficult task of not just covering the point spread, but winning both Games 6 and (if necessary) 7 to capture a second straight title.
After finally having a competitive game for the first time in the series, we may see San Antonio give the better effort in the final game or two of the finals. Asking them to win by at least six points is not asking for the Spurs to do something they’ve had difficulty in doing.
In fact, in the playoffs, after dropping their opening home game to Denver in the first round, the Spurs have won eight of nine home games — winning all eight by at least double digits.
ow with a chance to wrap up the NBA title on their home court we’ll look for the Spurs to get it done in Game 6. Should they fail to get the win, San Antonio would again be worth backing in a deciding seventh game as a likely 4 to 4Â½ point choice.
The totals remain very tough to play. After Game 1 had gone UNDER, the next four contests all went OVER. But three of the games wound up OVER by just 1Â½, 4Â½, and a half-point margin respectively.
Game 5 went OVER the posted total just before the end of regulation, tied at 89 and going OVER by just five points.
Kudos to the lines maker for having such a fine read on the pace of these games.
By this weekend we shall know the NBA champion and we can only hope that any impending lockout is resolved in time for there to be a complete 2005-06 season next fall.