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Heat vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans
  • Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 18th
  • Betting Odds NO -1, MIA -118 | NO -103 O/U 220.0

So far, the Heat have put together an overall record of 24-21, while going 18-25-2 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Miami has an overall record of 2-1, including going 1-1-1 against the spread.

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Not only did the Heat drop their last game to the Hawks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 121-113 as 1 point underdogs. Miami got off to a slow start, trailing by 20 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jimmy Butler, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 68.8% of his shots.

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 26-18, while going 22-22-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, New Orleans has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.

New Orleans is trying to bounce back from a 113-103 loss to the Cavaliers. Going into this game, the team was 7 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. New Orleans let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, CJ McCollum led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 40.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

This season, the Heat will look to continue their strong play over New Orleans, as they won both of last year’s matchups. Miami won game 1 of the series by a score of 113-112, and wrapped up the head-to-head meetings with a 113-98 victory. Similar to their season-long average, the Heat averaged 112.5 points per game vs the Pelicans. While the Heat were able to maintain their usual level of production against New Orleans, the Pelicans averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 97.5. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Heat have averaged 108 points per game compared to 99 for New Orleans. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Miami. Over the course of these games, they averaged 207 points per game, leading a 0-4-1 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Heat come into today’s game as the 30th ranked scoring offense at 108.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Heat will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.1 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Miami offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 19th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Heat are giving up an average of 105.57 points per game, good for 4th in the NBA.

Center Bam Adebayo currently leads the Heat at 21.4 points per game. For the season, he is 54th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.5% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Adebayo is averaging 10.1 boards and 3.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 19th ranked defense at defending centers. Tyler Herro enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 33 games, he is averaging 21.0 and is 106th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Coming into today’s action, New Orleans is averaging 117.0 points per contest. This figure places them 7th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.2 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, New Orleans remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 20.4 made free-throws per game.

Defensively, New Orleans has had its problems giving up an average of 110.28 points per game (13th).

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Pelicans 2nd leading scorer, Zion Williamson. In his 29 games, Williamson is averaging 26.0 points per game while dishing out 4.6 assists and grabbing 7.0 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of CJ McCollum, who leads the team and is 41st in the NBA at 21.3 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 43.4% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.8% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Heat vs Pelicans Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Heat -1.0
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 220.0



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