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(15-14) Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks (6-23)
Date: Monday, December 17
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Miami -140 / Atlanta +120
NBA Betting Odds: Miami -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 202
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The Heat is enjoying a soft spot in its schedule. Miami has won four of five, including a home win over the Clippers this weekend that made Eric Spolestra the franchise’s all-time winningest head coach.
Hassan Whiteside has been out for a couple weeks now and he remains out as Miami continues playing small ball with Kelly Olynyk starting at center.
Olynyk isn’t much of rebounder so a lot of that onus fell on James Johnson, the starting four. But he left the game against the Clippers in the first quarter with an ankle problem and didn’t return. He is supposed to miss the next week, at least.
Miami plays Jordan Mickey and Bam Adebayo off the bench but both are limited offensively. They can rebound and defend better than Olynky but they can’t come close to spacing the floor like he can. It’s going to make life tougher for Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson as lanes to the hoop close of.
Miami goes to Boston after this game but then plays seven of its next eight at home, with the one road game coming in Orlando.
The Hawks lost by two in Memphis the last time they were in action. The Grizzlies might actually be worse than Atlanta right now but the Grind House home court willed them to a victory.
Four losses in a row coupled with Chicago’s surge has shuffled the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is now the worst team in the East, but in all of basketball. Its fans aren’t complaining.
Both teams will prefer to play this game on the perimeter and Atlanta has the defenders to stick with Miami’s three guards. Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore are decent enough defenders and Taurean Prince is a plus.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 20-7 in MIA last 27 overall.
- Under is 39-17 in MIA last 56 road games.
- MIA are 23-11 ATS in their last 34 road games.
- Over is 9-3 in ATL last 12 home games.
- Under is 18-7-1 in ATL last 26 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Head to Head: MIA are 7-0-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Head to Head: Underdog is 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction: the Hawks will win this game at home.
The teams are pretty close, on paper. I’m concerned about how Miami’s offense will flow without the extra space for their penetrators to get to the basket. Atlanta has some athletes on the perimeter that will stay in front. The Hawks will space Mickey and Bam when they’re on offense and win a close one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta +2.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 102 – Atlanta 103
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