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(9-14) Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers (16-8)
Date: Saturday December 8
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
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At 9–14, Miami isn’t out of anything in the Eastern Conference. But it’s yet to hit its stride this season and now a six-game road trip out West looms.
Neither Hassan Whiteside nor Wayne Ellington made the trip to Phoenix with the team. Whiteside is expecting the birth of his first child and Ellington’s reason for staying at home hasn’t been disclosed but it is a personal reason, not an injury.
Goran Dragic has missed the last eight games after getting his knee drained. He was on the airplane and it sounds like he’s set to make his return any day now. You have to wonder whether or not he’ll stay healthy for the rest of the year, though. The knee has been a reoccurring thing for him.
Phoenix is undoubtedly the easiest game on Miami’s six-game trip so Miami ought to give a good effort on Friday to try and get off to a good start. That could make this game tricky on the second night of a back-to-back. It would sure help to get Ellington back from whatever he has going on.
Los Angeles Clippers
Both of these teams are built similarly in the sense that neither really has a star but a substantial number of quality NBA players that have had success throughout an experienced NBA career.
Montrezl Harrell plays just over twenty-five minutes per game but leads the team in win shares. I didn’t realize that he scored over sixteen points per game. He and Boban Marjanovic, with some Marcin Gortat, make a formidable center team that the Heat is going to have a tough time to handle, especially without Whiteside.
That said, Marjanovic may not play in this game. He certainly won’t see the floor if Kelly Olynyk or James Johnson is the big on the floor for Eric Spolestra. He could definitely play against Bam Adebayo, though. If Miami has to turn to Adebayo for extended minutes, Boban may play a lot and will probably dominate.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has become the Clippers’ fifth double-digit scorer as a fixture in the starting lineup. It’s always the rook, playing alongside either Patrick Beverley or Avery Bradley. There just wasn’t enough offense in the lineup when Doc Rivers was starting both of his defensive-minded veterans earlier this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-2 in MIA last 9 overall.
- MIA are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 6-2 in MIA last 8 road games.
- LAC are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Over is 10-3 in LAC last 13 overall.
- LAC are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Head to Head: MIA are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in LA.
- Head to Head: Road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction: the Clippers win but it could be close.
I doubt there will be value with the Clippers. They will be sizable favorites and it’s hard to bet against Miami in such a spot because of how it keeps games close.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: No odds available but a final score prediction is below.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 107 – Clippers 112
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