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2021 NBA Handicapping
(25-15) Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks (17-22)
Date: Wednesday, January 12th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat +165 | Hawks -200 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Hawks -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 221
Wednesday, January 12th, finds the Miami Heat facing the Atlanta Hawks beginning a home and home series with the next date in Miami on Friday and the teams will each host an additional contest with the Hawks hosting January 21st and the Heat on April 8th.
The Hawks last played on Sunday in a 93-106 losing effort to the Clippers while the shorthanded Heat last played Saturday routing the Suns 123-100.
Last season the clubs played three times with the Hawks winning two of the three contests. The Hawks hold the all-time record with 70 wins in 126 matches.
The fact the Heat keep winning in spite of missing core players is a credit to their depth and the adaptability of the team. Erik Spoelstra is a master of defensive sets and while he’s had to use so many different players what’s made Miami’s defense so robust is the coach’s willingness to throw a number of different schemes into games.
It keeps the opponent off-kilter never knowing what’s coming and that can lead to the extra second or two needed to get the stop.
Clearly, the big change with the constantly rotating lineups is the reliance on perimeter shooting particularly with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo sidelined. Because there are numerous quality shooters on the Heat it’s worked.
Moving forward when Butler and Adebayo return there will be dividends to be reaped because at any given time Miami can switch up their offense by inserting several 3-point snipers who’ve gained experience and confidence from their extended playing time.
The biggest tweak in the past week is Spo elected to bring Duncan Robinson off the bench when he returned from protocols and that’s equated to a Splash Brothers-lite option pairing him with Tyler Herro. In the win versus the Suns that combo led the scoring with Herro scoring 33 and Robinson contributing 27 including eight 3-pointers.
Kyle Lowry continues to provide the on-court coach-like leadership as he posted a double-double of 14 points and 13 assists while Max Strus (14), PJ Tucker (13), and Caleb Martin (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
A trio of Heat players are in protocols with Udonis Haslem and Gabe Vincent, upgraded to probable while Marcus Garrett is out. Dewayne Dedmon (knee) is questionable. Jimmy Butler (ankle) and KZ Okpala (wrist) is out. Markieff Morris (neck), Victor Oladipo (knee), and Bam Adebayo (thumb) are out indefinitely.
With Atlanta losing Sunday to the Clippers that pushed them to 12th in the East and having lost eight of their last 11 games with the halfway point of the season looming there may be moves pending.
VP Travis Schlenk spoke on-air about his misgivings about the current iteration of the Hawks falling well short of expectations. Schlenk placed the blame on himself for keeping the group from last season intact. He was specifically annoyed by the Hawks’ failure to hold onto leads and their defensive struggles.
The rumor mill cites Cam Reddish, Danilo Gallinari, and as of Monday John Collins as potential players the Hawks are shopping. Reddish specifically is a youngster that addresses part of the issues at hand (defense/creates own shot) and Collins was critical to Atlanta’s deep playoff run last season.
Their names are being mentioned with an uptick on Atlanta making a play for Ben Simmons. Regardless of who Schlenk is shopping, the Hawks have big defensive issues that need attention.
Gorgui Dieng (quarantine), Lou Williams (undisclosed), Cam Reddish (ankle), DeAndre Hunter (wrist) and Sharife Cooper (thumb) are all questionable while Clint Capela (ankle) is doubtful for Wednesday. Solomon Hill (hamstring) is out for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Hawks are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Bulls are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
- The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
I did a double-take on this spread that favors the Hawks and then went back to check the injury report wondering how on earth Atlanta is favored by 4.5 points over the Heat. I’m still flummoxed by it – – so maybe there is insight I’m missing but from my perspective this is a gift.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +4.5
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