Free NBA Hoops Pick: Heat vs Pelicans Lines
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(40-29) Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-43)
Date: Tuesday March 22nd
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center New Orleans, LA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -10
NBA Betting Total: 209.5
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The Heat have won 2 of their last 3 games and they have alternated wins and losses in their last 7. In this game they take on a shorthanded Pelicans’ team that has won 2 of their last 3 games.
New Orleans has been decimated by injuries this season and it was recently announced that star C Anthony Davis is out the rest of the season. Still, the Heat cannot take them for granted since they beat a legit Clippers team in their last game.
In their last games the Pelicans beat the L.A. Clippers 109-105 and the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-101.
The Heat are 4th spot in the East only trailing 3rd place Atlanta by ? game. They are coming off a win over the Cavs, Joe Johnson has hit on more of half of his 3’s since coming to Miami, and if they get Chris Bosh back the Heat may be a legit contender in the Eastern Conference.
Miami only ranks 23rd in the league in scoring, but they rank 4th in opponents’ points allowed. While they are not a high scoring team they dropped 122 on a Cleveland team with a solid defense.
In their win over the Cavs the Heat did not play great defense, but they won with an offense that shot 54.8% from the floor.
With Joe Johnson and the top 2 scorers, who are healthy for the Heat, in Dwayne Wade and Goran Dragic they form a very formidable backcourt that can shoot and also attack the rim. In the win over Cleveland this trio combined for 60 points.
Earlier this season in Miami the Heat beat the Pelicans 94-88 in OT.
This season the Heat are 17-16 on the road and while they are over .500 for the season they have lost 2 of their last 3 away from South Beach.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have a solid offense ranking 10th in points per game, but their defense, which ranks 25th in opponents ppg, has been the issue in the Big Easy this season.
In their rather surprising win over the Clippers in their last game the Pelicans were solid on both ends of the floor shooting 49.3% from the field and holding the Clip Joint to a FG% of 40.2%.
With several starters out with injury or out for the season the bench guys have been stepping up as of late and in the win over the Clippers every starter had at least 14 points led by Jrue Holiday with 22.
The Pelicans will have to play well as a team like they did in the Clippers’ game to beat the Heat. It will be key that the Holiday and the guards play well facing the stacked backcourt of Miami.
How banged up are the Pelicans? Well, they have 7 players on the season that are averaging in double figures and only 2 of those are healthy and will go in this game.
The Pelicans are 18-16 at home on the season and they have won 2 of their last 3 games in their house.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games.
- Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Pelicans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
Free Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Pelicans put it together with a great win over the Clippers in their last game, but they will come back to earth in this game. Miami will win and cover the spread behind strong backcourt play and solid defense.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat -10
The home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 games between these 2 teams, but that trend will not continue in this game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 107 – Pelicans 94
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