The Miami Heat take their act to the Barclays Center on Friday night where they face the Brooklyn Nets.
The Heat are hot right now with eight wins in their last 10 games played. The #2 ranked team in the East is coming off a solid road win over the Indiana Pacers in their last outing. The Heat have won two in a row and are looking for a third against the sinking Nets who have lost seven in a row and eight of ten overall. Brooklyn is expected to get Kyrie Irving back in action within a week but until then, they will have to lean on Spencer Dinwiddie to deliver the good.
#2 Team In The East
The Miami Heat are 27-10 on the season and they are in first place in the Southeast Division. The Heat have won eight out of their last 10 games including the last two and if the playoffs were to start today, they would be the #2 team in the Eastern Conference. In their last game, the Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 122-108 in Indiana.
Jimmy Butler leads the Heat in scoring at 20.2 points per game while also grabbing 6.9 rebounds and issuing 6.6 assists per game. Goran Dragic is adding 15.9 points and 5.0 assists per night while Bam Adebayo is having his best season at 15.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per night. Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Justice Winslow are also averaging in double figures scoring.
Miami ranks 13th in the league in scoring at 111.4 points per game. They are tied for 13th in rebounding at 45.7 boards grabbed per contest and are 9th in passing at 25.1 assists per game. The Heat have the 10th best scoring defense in the NBA this season at 107.3 opponent points per game allowed.
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Seven Game Losing Streak
The Brooklyn Nets are 16-20 this season and are currently in 4th place in the Atlantic Division team standings. The Nets head to this game with a seven-game losing streak and they have lost 8 out of their last 10 overall. However, if the playoffs were to start today, Brooklyn would still make the postseason as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Spencer Dinwiddie leads the Nets in scoring at 22.4 points per game this season. Dinwiddie is also the team’s leading passer at 6.2 assists per game. DeAndre Jordan leads the team in rebounding at 9.8 boards grabbed per contest while also scoring 7.9 points per game. Taurean Prince is averaging 12.2 points per game while leading the Nets in steals at 0.9 per outing.
The Nets are 17th in the NBA in scoring at 109.6 points per game. They are the 2nd best rebounding team in the league this season at 48.5 boards grabbed per contest. Brooklyn is ranked 17th in passing at 23.5 assists per game and they are allowing 111.7 points per game, 18th overall this year.
The Heat are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played. Miami is 10-9 SU in 19 road games played this season. Brooklyn is 0-7 SU in their last seven games played. The Nets are 1-3 SU in their last four games played at home, and 2-5 SU in their last seven games played against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Heat are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games played against the Nets. Miami is also 8-2 SU in their last 10 road games in Brooklyn.
The Heat are playing great right now and if not for a couple of upset losses against the Wizards and Magic, this team would have been spotless in their last 10 outings. Miami’s depth put seven players in double-digit scoring against the Pacers and its this deep rotation that is primarily going to cause problems for the Nets.
Spence Dinwiddie is doing everything in his power to keep the Nets competitive. But without their stars Irving and Durant, the Nets have come up short many times. Kyrie is eyeing to return within a week but right now, his team is in a tough spot against the second-best team in the East.
The Heat are healthy and they are playing good basketball as a team. Jimmy Butler has provided the leadership and the rest of the team has responded. Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo, and their young guys are too much. I like the Heat to pick up another win on the road here.
Prediction: Miami Heat
Other Bets to Make
Miami is 21-14-2 ATS in their 37 games played this season. The Heat are 9-9-1 ATS in 19 road games played this season. Brooklyn is 0-7 ATS in their last seven games played. The Nets are 2-4 ATS in their last six games played at home. Head to head, the Nets are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Heat.
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Brooklyn isn’t a bad defensive team but the Heat have been playing great basketball as of late. The Nets have struggled due to injuries to their key players while the Heat are healthy. Miami also has a stout defense which should give Brooklyn more than what they can handle right now. I like the Heat to extend the Nets’ losing streak here.
Prediction: Miami Heat -3
The total has gone over in 12 out of Miami’s last 15 games played. The over is 5-1 in Miami’s last six games played on the road, and the over is also 8-2 in their last 10 games played against the Eastern Conference. The total has gone over in three out of the last five games played by the Nets. The total has gone over in four out of the last six games of Brooklyn in January. Head to head, the total has gone under in seven out of the last 10 games between these two teams.
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These teams have combined to score an average of 206.0 points per game in their last 10 meetings and 209.0 points per game in their most recent three outings. Miami is in the upper half of the league when it comes to scoring but Miami is in the Top 10 in scoring defense this season. However, the Heat have gone over the 217 total in five out of their last seven games and their last two games against Portland and Indiana have been high scoring. Brooklyn has given up at least 110 points in four out of their last five games played. I like the Heat to have another good scoring game here against a Brooklyn defense that has faltered during their current losing spell.
Prediction: Over 217