USA TODAY Sports' NBA team will be with you throughout the 2014 NBA Finals rematch between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.
But first we're going to try to predict the series. Don't agree? Be sure to tell us on Twitter and in the comments section.
Sam Amick (@sam_amick), reporter: Spurs in 7
The Spurs having the home-court edge this time around is huge, as the Heat are mediocre on the road (22-19 regular season, 4-3 postseason) and San Antonio is almost always good at the AT&T Center (32-9 regular season; 9-1 in the playoffs). Unless Tony Parker's right ankle injury becomes the Spurs' Achilles heel, they're simply too dynamic and too determined to subject themselves to another round of Finals nightmares.
The fact that Manu Ginobili is doing Ginobili-esque things again is a vital change from a year ago, when his confidence seemed shattered and he admitted to considering retirement. He shot 50% overall and three-point range against the Oklahoma City Thunder while averaging 15.2 points a game. For the postseason, the versatile Argentine is averaging 14.3 points, 4.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game.
Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt), reporter: Heat in 6
For almost the entire season, I bought into Steve Kerr's argument that that is extremely difficult to win one championship let alone three in a row and it just made sense that a team other than the Heat would win the championship. No longer convinced of that.
Through the first two games of the conference finals, I thought the Spurs were the clear-cut favorite. Not so sure of that now.
The Heat certainly face their toughest challenge of the playoffs against the Spurs. But Dwyane Wade is healthy and playing well offensively and, more important, defensively. Miami is getting timely contributions from a deep roster. And, of course, there's LeBron James. The Heat have a better outlook on winning their third consecutive championship than they did a six weeks ago.
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Kevin Spain (@kevin_spain), senior editor: Spurs in 7
Too bad this probably can't turn into this generation's version of the "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers vs. Larry Bird's Boston Celtics. It would be fun to see these two teams battle it out several times, but that's not likely with several Spurs players nearing retirement and the Heat potentially splitting up in free agency.
The fact that the Spurs were able to come back after such a devastating loss to the Heat last year and get back to the Finals shows their mental toughness. The other difference is that the Spurs have the home court advantage this season. That will prove to be the difference as they win a close series.
Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph), digital editor: Heat in 6
The Spurs have been the best team in the NBA this season. They've played great basketball since escaping the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. They nearly beat a better Heat team last year, then improved their depth and got their key players more rest. And I'm not sold that Tony Parker's ankle won't be mostly fine — at least as good as it was last year — by Thursday.
But James is inescapable. His level of determination and leadership seem to grow with every game. There was a feeling of inevitability about Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, where no one really thought the Indiana Pacers would be able to win in Miami. So here, I'm going with my gut over my head. I'm picking the three-peat, and I'm guessing the Heat will close out at home, where they're 10-0 in close-out opportunities since James and Chris Bosh joined the fray.
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