The Miami Heat (19-13) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (19-12) on Monday, January 1st. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Heat are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Grizzlies. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Heat vs Clippers
The Heat Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Heat conveyed a message to the Jazz with a score of 117-109. Turning the tide, the Heat picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 54-53.
When it comes to their overall record, the Heat are 19-13 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In Eastern Conference matchups, they are 15-10 compared to 4-3 in non-conference games.
Miami’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 15-16 for the season. The Heat maintain an ATS record of 10-6 on the road, while they have a 5-10 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Clippers took down the Grizzlies by a score of 117-106. Going into the second half the Clippers held the lead at 59-54.
Coming into today’s game, the Clippers have an overall record of 19-12 and are looking to add to their two game winning streak. At home, the Clippers are 13-4 compared to 6-8 on the road.
So far, Los Angeles is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 15-16. This season, Los Angeles has a 14-10 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 1-6 when playing as underdogs.
Heat Offense Breakdown
This season, the Miami offense is ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring at 113.3 points per game. So far, the Heat are averaging 96.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 28th in fields goals made per contest.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Los Angeles offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 11th ranked offense at 116.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Clippers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.5 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Los Angeles 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 18.9 made free-throws per game.
Heat Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Heat’s defense is giving up an average of 111.7 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 55.7% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.0% of their three-point attempts.
Clippers Team Defense
So far, the Clippers’ defense is ranked 10th in the league at 112.2 points per contest. The Los Angeles defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.9% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 45.9% of their field goal attempts vs. Los Angeles.
Key Players For The Heat And Clippers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Tyler Herro will be the primary scorer for the Heat, with 20 points and going 7/16 from the field. This season, he is averaging 24.2 points per game along with 5.5 boards.
On the other side, Kawhi Leonard is our projected leading scorer for the Clippers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 28 and grabbing 7 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 52.1%, and his scoring average is 24.4 points per game.
Heat vs Clippers Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Miami has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 112 points per game.
- When looking at their past three matchups at home, Los Angeles has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 128 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Heat have a straight up record of 5-5. Their record vs the spread in these games was 6-4.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 8-2 while going 10-0 straight up.
We’re putting our money on the Clippers to win, and have the projected score sitting at 141-118. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Clippers at -7.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 229 and given that our model is projecting 259 points between the teams, we like the over.
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