How to watch NBA Basketball Tournament Finals in 2018: All you need to know
The finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are scheduled for Monday in San Antonio.
Here’s everything you need know to be ready to watch this one.1.
Who will win?
Heat vs. Spurs – If the Heat are able to come away with a victory, the Spurs will have the right to host the NBA Finals.
This is an especially tough matchup because the Heat have been playing great basketball all year.
Miami has won 10 straight in San Francisco and won a pair of games there over the summer.
San Antonio has lost eight of nine overall, including a season-opening loss to the Lakers.
This series will be decided on the road.
If the Spurs prevail, this series could go to seven games.
Who’s in the mix?
The Heat, the defending champion San Antonio and the Lakers will battle it out for the top spot in the East.
The Lakers will try to become the first team in NBA history to win three consecutive Finals.
The Heat will try for the first time since 2010-11 when they won four straight.
The Spurs will be looking for their third consecutive win after losing to the Clippers in seven games the past two seasons.3.
Which teams are playing their best?
LeBron James is averaging 25.0 points per game and 12.0 rebounds in the postseason.
Kawhi Leonard is averaging 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds.
Kawheen Leonard is also averaging 17.3 ppg and 8.0 rpg.
Leonard is a very dangerous scorer and Leonard’s ability to score from the perimeter makes him a threat to score against any team.
Leonard and the Heat will have a difficult time beating the Spurs’ best defense.
Leonard has been a key component of the Spurs defense and is playing well in the playoffs.
Leonard also is a big man who can shoot the ball.
The big man’s shooting has been solid this season.
Leonard had a career-high 24 points against the Lakers on Sunday.
Leonard will be a factor this series.4.
Who has the better defense?
The Spurs’ defense has been great this postseason.
The team is allowing just 81.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranks second in the NBA behind only the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Miami Heat are allowing 111.9.
This could be a close game.5.
Who is the best scorer in the series?
The big men are leading the way with 20.4 points per contest.
The guards are second with 15.7 ppg, while the big men have 12.3 rpg and 5.5 apg.
The power forwards have 13.4 ppg.
The biggest threat in this series is the center position.
The Nuggets have had some issues with bigs this postseason, but it could be fun to see the Nuggets’ big man with the most steals in the Finals.6.
Who should have the edge?
The biggest advantage for the Heat is their star player.
Hassan Whiteside has been the Heat’s most consistent scorer this season, averaging 24.5 points per outing.
He has also had some big games this postseason including against the Cavaliers.
Whiteside is averaging 23.3 in the regular season.7.
Who are the biggest questions heading into the game?
The best player on the court is Hassan Whitesides, but there are a lot of questions heading in.
How will Dwyane Wade fare against the Heat?
Will he be able to defend James Harden?
How will the Heat use Kawhi Howard?
Who is going to guard Leonard?
Will the Spurs have a good game plan?8.
How are the Spurs going to score?
The difference between the Heat and Spurs is their defense.
The NBA has moved away from using a two-man front and the Spurs are the only team to do so in this postseason this year.
The Thunder has won three of their past four in San Fran and the Warriors and Clippers have both lost in San Jose.
San Fran has had a tough time with teams getting into the paint.
The best way to score is to have your bigs attack the basket.
The defense is going a long way to stopping teams from getting into that lane.
The Rockets have been the best team in this matchup so far.
The Warriors have been good against the Spurs in the past, winning five of their last six games.
The Clippers have been a much tougher matchup for the Spurs this season and won four in a row against them.9 .
Who is playing better?
The Miami HEAT are playing very well against the San Antonio SMOKs.
They are averaging 107.1 points per 101.0 possessions and have won four of their five games against the HEAT.
Miami is shooting 56.4 percent and is hitting 3s at a 58.1 percent clip.
The HEAT have scored 110.9 per 100 plays, which is fourth in the league.
The SMOK has struggled against the Miami HEATS in the last few years, shooting 44.9 percent in the paint in those contests.10