Two teams fighting for the 8th and final playoff place of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Miami Heat (37-33), are hosting the Denver Nuggets (38-32), with both teams having lost two of their last three games and in desperate need for a victory.  Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat Spread and Prediction.

Date/Time:  03-19-2018, 18:30 EDT

Spread: Miami Heat -2

Total: +216

Heat have a 37-33 record (35-30-5 against the spread) so far this season. and currently sit on the 8th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Lakers with a 92-91 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 17.6 ppg, adding a team high 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Hassan Whiteside with 14.3 ppg and a team high 11.8 rebounds per game, while Dwayne Wade adds 13.7 ppg.

Nuggets have a 38-32 record (31-36-3 against the spread) so far this season and have fallen on the 9th place of the West. They have lost two of their last three and in their last game they lost on the road against the Grizzlies with a 94-101 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.7 ppg, followed by Nikola Jokic with 17.2 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.5 per game and in assists made, with 6 per game. Jamal Murray adds 16.4 ppg.

In their previous meeting earlier this season, Nuggets won a close game at home by one point with a 95-94 score. Heat are 20-13 at home so far this season, while Nuggets are 11-22 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 109 ppg to Heat’s 102.5, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 102.5 ppg to Nuggets’ 107.9. Nuggets have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.95% to Heat’s 45.39% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.72% to Heat’s 35.78%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 44.3 to Heat’s 43.2 and in assists made, with 24.9 to Heat’s 22.4. Nuggets have been extremely weak on the road throughout the season and Vegas odds give the Heat a -2 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.

Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat Prediction: Miami Heat -2 (-109)

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Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat Spread and Prediction

Nikos Lagouretos

My name is Nikos Lagouretos, I am 35 years old from Greece and I have been a basketball enthusiast for almost 25 years, having played semi-pro myself. All those years i have seen countless games, done a ton of reading and statistical analysis and I thought it was about time to put them to some good use. I provide analysis, predictions and specialize in NBA, WNBA and almost every domestic and international club league of Europe.

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