Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 8 (12/8): NBA

Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 8 (12/8): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Heat money line -225
Heat spread -5.5 (-110)
Clippers money line +185
Clippers spread +5.5 (-110)
Over / under 213

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Miami Heat Los Angeles Clippers
Record 11-14 14-12
Home / road record 8-5 7-6
Streak L1 L1
Points per game 108.78 107.00
Points allowed per game 110.00 108.00
Rebounds per game 41.00 43.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.00 43.00
Over / under record 12-12-1 9-17
 

Preview

The Miami Heat continue at home and will host the Los Angeles Clippers at the FTX Arena on Thursday night. These teams faced each other twice last season and they tied 1-1. 

 

Miami Heat

The Heat get here with an 11-14 record and are 8-5 at home so far ranking 2nd in the Southeast Division. In their last game,  they lost at home against the Grizzlies 116-96. Tyler Herro led all scorers with a season high-tying 34 points for Miami. Miami played without Jimmy Butler (right knee injury management), Dewayne Dedmon (left foot plantar fasciitis) and Gabe Vincent (left knee). But the Heat had Victor Oladipo for the first time all season; Oladipo, who had been sidelined with a knee issue since the preseason, had nine points in 18 minutes.

Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.8 points and shooting 48.6% FG. Bam Adebayo leads the team in rebounds with 8.4 per game while Kyle Lowry is leading with 4.8 assists for the Heat.

In the last 10 games, the Heat are 4-6, averaging 105.1 points, 41.5 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 3 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.4 points per game. 

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers get here with a 14-12 record overall and are 7-6 on the road ranking 3rd in the Pacific Division. In their last game, they lost 116-111 agaist the Magic on the road. Terrance Mann came off the bench to lead the Clippers with 19 points. Nicolas Batum scored 16 points and center Ivica Zubac had 16 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with seven seconds left in overtime.

Paul George is averaging 23.6 points, six rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals for the Clippers. Marcus Morris is averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

In their last 10 games the Clippers are 5-5, averaging 112 points, 40.6 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 7.3 steals and 6.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.6 points per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

LA Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against Miami.

LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against Miami.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers' last 5 games on the road.

LA Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 6 games against LA Clippers.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games at home.

Miami are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers.

 

Prediction

The Heat have lost 6 of their last 10 games as they have been dealing with injuries but they are getting back all of their players. The Clippers will be playing on b2b games and they're coming from a tough loss against one of the worst teams in the league even with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George back with the team. I'd wait until the injury report is updated to pull the trigger on this one as both teams have some key players questionable but I'm rolling with the home team.

PICK: Heat -5.5 (-110)

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