The eighth best teams of each conference are clashing today, when the New Orleans Pelicans (31-26), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the Miami Heat (30-28), who are struggling mightily and are looking to bounce back. Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5
Pelicans have a 31-26 record (29-27-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Lakers with a 139-117 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 27.4 ppg, adding 10.7 rebounds per game. He is followed by DeMarcus Cousins with 25.2 ppg, 5.2 assists and a team high 12.9 rebounds per game but he will miss the rest of the season.
Heat have a 30-28 record (28-27-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the East. They have lost seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sixers with a 102-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 17.4 ppg, adding a team high 4.7 assists per game. He is followed by Hassan Whiteside with 14.2 ppg and a team high 11.9 rebounds per game, while Josh Richardson adds 13.2 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Pelicans won on the road with a 94-109 score. Pelicans are 15-12 at home so far this season, while Heat are 15-16 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 111.3 ppg to Heat’s 100.5, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 101.4 ppg to Pelicans’ second-worse of 111.2. The Pelicans have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.27% to Heat’s 45.22% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.55% to Heat’s 35.88%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 43.5 to Heat’s 42.6 and they are second-best in assists made, with 26.4 to Heat’s 21.8. Heat are struggling lately and while Pelicans have been above average at home, Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds and get away with the home victory today.
Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 (-107)
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