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Nets vs Heat NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat
  • Where: Miami at FTX Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds MIA +3.5, BKN -162 | MIA +135 O/U 221.5

The Nets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-13. So far, the team has gone 20-18-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Brooklyn is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.

In their previous game, the Nets took down the Pelicans by a score of 108-102. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Brooklyn was able to mount a big second half comeback in large part to a strong 3rd quarter. After trailing at the half by 11 points, they actually went into the final quarter with the lead. In the win, Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 33 points on a field goal percentage of 34.6%.

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So far, the Heat have put together an overall record of 21-19, while going 16-23-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.

The Heat are coming off a 104-96 win over the Suns. This win came despite entering the game as the 0 point underdogs. Miami went on to win the game, as they led by 5 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Victor Oladipo, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 70.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In last year’s regular season games with the Heat as the home team, Miami and Brooklyn played to a split. However, the Heat won the overall season series with a record of 3-1. Last year, the Nets saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Heat, averaging 105.25 points per game. While the Nets struggled on offense in the series, the Heat maintained their usual level of scoring at 107.25 vs Brooklyn. The level of competition has been tight in the 5 most recent games between Nets and Heat with just -2 points per game separating the teams. Miami has the ATS edge in this span at 3-2. A combined average of 212 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 39 games, Brooklyn is averaging 114.9 points per game (14th). Coming into today’s game, the Nets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Brooklyn 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 27th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.

Currently, the Nets defense is ranked 18th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.12 points per game vs the unit.

Small-Forward Kevin Durant currently leads the Nets at 30.0 points per game. For the season, he is 12th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Durant is averaging 6.8 boards and 5.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 10th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Kyrie Irving enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 29 games, he is averaging 25.9 and is 42nd in the league in player efficiency rating.

Through 40 games, the Heat are averaging 108.9 points per contest, placing them 30th in the NBA. The Heat come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.4 made 3’s per game. If the Heat offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.3 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.

Against the Nets, the Heat will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 4th ranked unit at 105.57 points per game.

Right now there are question marks across the board heading into this game for the Heat as there is a chance they will be without their two leading scorers vs the Nets. Before getting any money down on this game, be sure to check who is available, as Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro have a combined scoring average of 42.900000000000006 points per game. For the season, Adebayo is 57th in the NBA in player efficiency and 1st in usage percentage. Through 36 games, he has a field goal percentage of 54.4%. If he is able to take the floor, he will be facing a defense that is 7th in points allowed to centers.

Nets vs Heat Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Heat +3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 221.5

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