5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Heat (Game 1)

The San Antonio Spurs (0-0) and Miami Heat (0-0) will kick off the NBA Finals tonight in San Antonio as the Spurs will be looking for a bit of revenge while the Heat will be looking to three-peat.

The Spurs are coming off a grueling Western Conference Finals versus the Thunder beating OKC in six games. The Heat defeated the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games.

And as the Spurs look to start the Finals with a win, and defend home court, here are five things to watch for in tonight’s clash:

  • Miami’s Mario Chalmers has connected on 35 three-point field goals during the NBA Finals.
  • The Heat bench has outscored the opponents bench in 11 of 15 games this postseason.
  • The Spurs have won seven consecutive home games by 15-plus points during the postseason.
  • Miami has scored more points off turnovers than their opponent in 13 of their 15 games this postseason and have forced opponents into double-figure turnovers in all 15 games as the opposition has averaged 13.7 turnovers (206 total) over that span during the playoffs.
  • The Spurs bench has averaged a postseason-high 42.7 points per game, 16.2 points more than the Miami Heat’s bench (26.5).