The Miami Heat (23-16) travel to face off against the Brooklyn Nets (16-22) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and televised on YES. The Heat are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hornets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Heat vs Nets
The Heat Are Coming Off A Win
The Heat notched a win against the Hornets in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 104-87. At the beginning of the second half, the Heat were leading 52-31.
With their current record of 23-16, the Heat are looking to add to their above .500 record as they take on the Nets today. In the Eastern Conference, the Heat are 5th and are currently leading the Southeast division.
Miami comes in with an overall ATS record of 19-19 so far this season. In their last two games as underdogs, the Heat have faced ATS losses, and they have a 11-10 record against the spread as favorites.
The Nets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Mikal Bridges led Brooklyn with 26 points against the Cavaliers, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 45.1% in the game. While Cam Thomas was 2nd on the team with 26 points, Brooklyn fell short in the game with a final score of 111-102.
So far this season, the Nets have an overall record of 16-22 and are 1-2 in their last three games. At home, the Nets have gone 10-9 while going 6-13 on the road.
Brooklyn has an overall ATS record of 19-18 for the season so far. Brooklyn has failed to cover the spread in nine straight road games and are 7-12 ATS on the road compared to 12-6 at home.
Heat Offense Breakdown
Miami has recorded an average of 112.3 points per game (25th) throughout 39 games games.
Coming into this game, the Heat are 25th in the NBA in scoring at 112.3 points per game. However, they have been better at home, averaging 115.5 points compared to 109.2 on the road.
Miami has been a below-average offensive team overall, ranking 19th in field goal percentage at 46%. In terms of pace, they are 29th in the league at 96.7 possessions per game.
One area where the Heat have excelled is getting to the free-throw line. They are 9th in free throw attempts and 6th in free throws made at 19.7 per game.
Nets Offense Breakdown
Through 38 games the Nets are averaging 114.6 points per contest, placing them 18th in the NBA.
At home, the Nets are averaging 116.9 points per game, which is 12th in the NBA. Overall, they are 18th in scoring at 114.6 points per game. In terms of pace, Brooklyn is 23rd in the league.
So far this season, the Nets have made an average of 13.6 three-pointers per game, which is 8th in the NBA. However, they are just 25th in field goal percentage at 45%. In terms of two-point shooting, Brooklyn is 26th in the league.
When it comes to offensive rebounds, the Nets are 2nd in the NBA. In terms of assists, they are 16th in the league.
Heat Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Heat’s defense is giving up an average of 111.0 points per contest. Miami struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Hornets, giving up 4. For the game, Charlotte scored 87 points in the game.
Nets Team Defense
At this time, the Nets’ defense is positioned 17th in the NBA, permitting 116.4 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Nets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.0% and allowing 38.3% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Heat And Nets
For today’s matchup, we project Tyler Herro to lead the scoring for the Heat, putting up 20 points and shooting at a rate of 8/16. For the season, he has been averaging 22.4 points per game, in addition to 5.4 rebounds.
As for Brooklyn, Mikal Bridges is projected to be the primary scorer for the Nets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 20, and adding 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 45% and is averaging 21.3 points per contest.
Heat vs Nets Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Miami has an ATS record of 1-2 while averaging 103 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- In their last three games at home, the Nets have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 96 points per game in this stretch.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Heat have gone 4-6 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 4-6.
- Going back to their last five games as the favorite, the Nets have a straight up record of 2-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 1-4.
Heat vs Nets Prediction
The Heat come in as the underdog at +1.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 217, and our model projects the Heat and Nets to reach a combined total of 222 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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