Phoenix Suns Travel to Miami to Face the Heat
The Phoenix Suns will likely still be without Devin Booker when they face the Heat. However, other players on the roster have been stepping up lately. If they can find a way to get a win here, they’ll keep the Memphis Grizzlies from closing in.
However, a loss could close the gap slightly and loosen up their hold on the West. It’ll be a tough task, but the Phoenix Suns are up for it.
The Miami Heat have one of the best defenses in the NBA; they’ll need it against Phoenix. They were able to string together some wins recently, with only a single loss to the Bucks.
The Heat are the No.1 team in the Eastern Conference, similar to the Suns in the West. However, Miami doesn’t have a very large lead on their Eastern Conference counterparts; a win here could help.
Game Preview: Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat March 9th
Each of these teams rules their conference, but the Suns have a sizeable lead. The closest team to them is the Memphis Grizzlies, who are eight games behind them. The Suns, unfortunately, ran into a rough patch in terms of injuries.
Losing Devin Booker and Chris Paul puts them at a disadvantage. They’ll hope players such as Mikal Bridges can pick up the slack.
The Miami Heat are missing a few players but could get Kyle Lowry back in time here. If Lowry is able to come back, the Heat’s chances of winning will go up drastically. Even without Lowry, the Heat have been able to get a huge win over the 76ers.
The reason they’ve done this is their fifth-ranked defense that allows 104.95 points per game. They’ll need this defense again here.
Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat Betting Prediction
The last time these two teams played was in early January, and the Suns were at home. Phoenix also came into that game as 9.5-point favorites but lost the game 123-100. The Heat’s defense was too much for the Suns then and will be again on Wednesday.
Miami knows how to beat the Suns, especially without Devin Booker. This gives Miami the best chance of covering.
Over their last ten games against each other, the Miami Heat are 6-4 against the Suns. At home, the Heat have gone 22-7 this season, a remarkable record. We’ve seen just how dominant the Heat’s defense could be in their recent win over Philadelphia.
They faced James Harden and Joel Embiid and held them to only 82 points. Taking the Heat is a no-brainer.
When it comes to betting on the total, we’d suggest betting the under here. Over their last three games against each other, the total has gone under twice. Considering Devin Booker and Chris Paul are out, the Suns will have a hard time scoring.
Miami’s main focus is on a strong defensive output, not scoring a lot of points. Your best bet is to take the under in this one.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.