Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction & Match Preview – October 8th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The Miami Heat will look to extend their winning streak in the preseason by facing the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. The two teams are seemingly going in the opposite direction based on recent results, so the preseason is finding out where they stand at this stage in their respective preparations.
The Miami Heat were running out of work with the Houston Rockets in their last game. The score only got a little closer because Erik Spoelstra’s team was already in cruise control mode. If the last two games are any indication, this is already a Miami Heat team that is ready to take on all comers.
The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, are still looking for roster form, chemistry and construction. After beating the Utah Jazz in their opener, Gregg Popovich shuffled his roster and donned his experimental cap.
The result was a team that lacked rhythm and underscored the work the Spurs had to do to become a legitimate playoff contender.
Fixture: Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs
Date and Time: Friday, October 8th; 8:30 PM ET (Saturday, October 9; 6:00 AM)
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Miami Heat preview
The Miami Heat seems to have a mission. The quick exit in the 2021 NBA Playoffs probably left a bad taste in their mouths. The Heat are now eager to prove they are worthy challengers to the best in the NBA.
Kyle Lowry looks like what the doctor ordered for this Miami Heat team. With Lowry doing quarterback duties, the Heat appears to be going strong and playing with fire. Eye tests show the Heat are moving with determination and aggression as Lowry leads the plays.
Jimmy Butler had 9 points and 2 easy rebounds in his first preseason game. He only played 16 minutes and will likely be more assertive as he improves his conditioning.
As Butler progresses like most veterans, Tyler Herro is at a different speed. Last season was unforgettable for him and he is showing in a short time that that year was a fluke. It has been spectacular for the Miami Heat in the preseason.
San Antonio Spurs preview
In the upcoming 2021-22 NBA season, Gregg Popovich will count on the youth movement of the San Antonio Spurs to take more concrete steps in their development to be competitive in the West.
Without LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs don’t have an All-Star for the first time in a long time. It also means that someone who has not had the opportunity to carry a franchise will be tasked with doing so this year.
The most likely candidates to flourish, even further, this year are Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. The San Antonio Spurs can only hope they are not as prone to injury as they used to be. Both players will have to make notable improvements to their game to bring hope to the Silver and Black franchise. Otherwise, they could head to the lottery.
The San Antonio Spurs have never been a good three-point shooting team, but if the trend this preseason continues, they may have even more difficulties. San Antonio needs the three-ball to get in, as its roster is full of bells like Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, and Keldon Johnson. It will be a long and probably disappointing season if they are mediocre behind the arc.
Heat vs Spurs match prediction
The Miami Heat is like a well-tuned machine right now. Erik Spoelstra and his pupils have shown in their preseason games that they are real. These guys have a mission.
Most likely, the San Antonio Spurs will experiment again. They are highly unlikely to be a serious challenge for this Miami Heat circular saw. That said, it’s preseason and anything can happen, especially since the San Antonio Spurs are on their own home court.
The Miami Heat remain undefeated for the third straight game, giving the San Antonio Spurs valuable lessons on how far they must progress to be considered a threat for a playoff spot in the West.
Where to watch Heat vs Spurs
Bally Sports Sun shows the live showdown between Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The NBA League Pass will broadcast the game throughout the United States.