Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets: Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview
Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets Game Information
Miami Heat 6-8 vs. Brooklyn Nets 9-8
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Barclays Center
TV Coverage: NBA TV
Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets Moneyline, Spread, Total and Odds
Moneyline: Heat +265 | Nets -330
Spread: Nets -7.5
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Heat +2200 | Nets +320
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Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets News and Notes
Both teams play on the second leg of a back-to-back, with the Heat traveling to Brooklyn after a 101-81 blowout Friday against the Toronto Raptors.
Kendrick Nunn was the lead scorer yesterday, playing 39 minutes off the bench, scoring 22 points, four rebounds and five assists. Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic all saw minutes in the 30s.
Jimmy Butler is questionable to return and is still in the league’s health and safety protocol and Tyler Herro will miss Saturday’s matchup, continuing to deal with a neck injury. Look for Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic to continue seeing more minutes on the floor and a dominating presence from Bam Adebayo. Playing in 12 games this season, Adebayo has averaged 32 minutes, 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The Nets will try to regain their footing after losing two straight to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving was dominating, scoring 38 points with one rebound and five assists, playing 31 minutes. James Harden appeared to struggle, shooting 6 for 14 from the field, scoring 18 points in 37 minutes. Joe Harris, who started in place of Kevin Durant, played 31 minutes and scored eight points, with seven rebounds and one assist.
Keep an eye on the Nets starting rotation. Kevin Durant should return after missing Friday’s matchup due to rest. However, Kyrie Irving could sit out Saturday’s matchup given the back-to-back. If Irving sits out, look for Bruce Brown to continue in a starting role.
Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets Predictions and Picks
The SportsGrid Betting Model projects the Nets to win the game, giving them a 69% chance to win. Look for the game to be a higher scoring matchup, with the Nets playing at the fifth-highest pace in the league, averaging 102 possessions per game, the model projects this game as a 232 total, the highest of the slate.
This season, as a home favorite, the Nets have a 4-3 record and have covered the spread two times. In the seven games so far this season, they have played at a 103.9 possession per game pace, scoring 121 points per game, allowing 119.6 points to opponents.
As a road underdog this season, the Heat have posted a 1-3 record, covering two out of the four games this season. They have averaged a 99.1 possession per game pace as a road underdog, scoring 108.5 points per game and allowing 116.3 points to opponents.
Playing at a league-average pace this season, at 100 possessions per game, expect a pace-up spot tonight for the Heat.
The Nets should easily win against a Miami Heat team who are still dealing with injuries. With a home-court advantage and the big three in Brooklyn, it will be difficult for the Heat to pull out a win.
The Pick: Nets +6