Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, Pick and Preview, March 3 (3/3): NBA

Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, Pick and Preview, March 3 (3/3): NBA

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Odds
Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Heat money line -154
Heat spread -3.5
Nets money line +130
Nets spread +3.5
Over / under 221

 

2021-2022 season stats
  Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets
Record 41-22 32-31
Road / home record 20-15 13-17
Streak L1 L2
Points per game 109.45 110.68
Points allowed per game 107.54 118.28
Rebounds per game 44.52 44.54
Rebounds allowed per game 41.71 44.86
Over / under record 38-25 33-30

 

Preview

The Miami Heat will hit the road and will visit the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. These teams have met twice so far this season and the Heat have won both games. 

MIAMI HEAT 

The Heat just lost agasint the Bucks on a tight game that ended 119-120. Jrue Holiday banked in a driving layup with 1.9 seconds left and the defending NBA champions rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final six minutes to beat Miami.

Jimmy Butler leads the team with 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest. Tyler Herro kicks in 20.3 points, Kyle Lowry is averaging 13.4 points and 7.9 assists for the Heat. Bam Adebayo is averaging 22.7 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

In their last 10 games the Heat are 8-2, averaging 114.1 points, 44.8 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 8.4 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.6 points per game.

INJURIES: Lowry didn't play the last game for personal reasons and he's questionable for this game.

BROOKLYN NETS

The Nets have lost their last 2 games against the Raptors and are 13-17 at home this season. Brooklyn has a 32-21 overall record and are 4th in the Atlantic.

It all points that Kevin Durant will return to play for this game, it's possible that he will be on limited minutes, but that's definitely good news for the Nets. Durant is averaging 29.3 points and 5.8 assists, while Kyrie Irving is averaging 25.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. Seth Curry is the third double-digit scorer and LaMarcus Aldridge is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. 

The Nets are 3-7 in their last 10 games, averaging 107.4 points, 42.5 rebounds, 21.5 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 44.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.6 points per game.

INJURIES: Ben Simmons, Joe Harris and Kyrie Irving are out.

BETTING TRENDS

Miami are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.

Miami are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.

Brooklyn are 3-15 SU in their last 18 games.

Brooklyn are 2-13 ATS in their last 15 games at home.

Prediction

The Nets have been one of the worst teams ATS at home so far this season with a 7-23 record. The return of KD definitely will make a difference but he should be on limited minutes for this game so that won't be enough to beat Miami who are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games and are scoring 114.1 ppg and have one of the top 5 defenses in the league. Take Miami to cover.

PICK: Heat -3.5 (-110)

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