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2021 NBA Handicapping
(29-28) Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets (15-42)
Date: Monday, April 19th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat -390 | Rockets +310
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -8.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 218.5
The Houston Rockets (15-42) are on the road as they make the trip to face the Miami Heat (29-28) Monday night. The teams are on opposite sides of the playoff cut line and take the floor in an interconference tilt in the Sunshine State as both are playing on a back-to-back.
In the all-time regular-season series between the teams, the Heat owns a 34-33 advantage. That includes a 101-94 road victory in the first matchup this season back on February 11.
Jimmy Butler had arguably his best game of the season in that contest, recording a 27 point, 10 rebound, 10 assist triple-double in the win. John Wall scored a team high 17 point to go along with 7 assists and 6 rebounds but his supporting cast will look very different in this one as most of the team was traded away or currently injured.
Miami has slipped back down to 7th place in the Eastern Conference at 29-28. However, the Heat sit only two games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the East’s fourth seed. They will need to finish the season strong to not only make the playoffs but also avoid a difficult first round matchup.
Miami entered Sunday’s game with the Nets losers of three straight after winning six of their previous seven. James Harden continued to sit out due to injury and Kevin Durant only played 4 minutes as he left with another injury as well.
The Heat were able to do enough to win 109-107 as Bam Adebayo hit a turn around jumper at the buzzer to win it. Adebayo scored team highs with 21 points and 15 rebounds for another double-double.
In the Western Conference playoff picture, Houston is in 15th, 13.5 games behind the Spurs for the final spot in the expanded playoff field. The Rockets were in action against Orlando on the road Sunday night and went into that game losers of five straight and 10 of their last 11.
Houston was able to secure a rare in Sunday, winning 114-110 over Orlando. It was only the teams 7th road win on the season and they will try to go for 8 on back-to-back nights. Christian Wood led the way for the Rockets, recording 25 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Kelly Olynyk followed with 24 points and Kevin Porter Jr added 22 points.
The Rockets enter this contest 24th in the league with 108.1 points per game on the season and 27th in scoring defense as they give up an average of 115 points per game on the year. Christian Wood leads the team with 21 points plus 9.4 rebounds per game this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Miami is 7-10 SU in last 17 games
- Miami is 6-10 ATS in last 16 games
- Miami OVERS are 7-6 in last 13 games
- Houston is 2-10 SU in last 12 games
- Houston is 3-9 ATS in last 12 games
- Houston OVERS are 9-4 in last 13 games
Free Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Both teams are playing the second game of a back-to-back situation and their third game in four nights here. This could be a battle of health as the Rockets are dealing with a slew of injuries while the Heat have some question marks in their own rotation.
Houston has been brutal on the road this season, winning just 7 of their 28 contests as the visiting team. The Rockets had dropped 10 of 11 entering Sunday and there’s little reason to have a ton of faith in a team going nowhere.
Miami has struggled, losing six straight, winning six of seven and dropping their last three. Still, if the Heat want to stay out of the play-in tournament, they have to win games like this. Give the Heat the advantage here.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat -8.5
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