In this battle between two squads sitting outside the playoff places of the East, the Miami Heat (28-34), are hosting the Atlanta Hawks (22-42), with both teams being very unstable lately but coming off single victories that are looking to turn into a streak.
Date/Time: 03-04-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat -9
Miami Heat have a 28-34 record (33-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they at home against the Nets with a 117-88 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.4 ppg, adding 3.6 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.3 ppg and a team high 4.3 dimes per game.
Atlanta Hawks have a 22-42 record (30-34 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Bulls with a 123-118 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.5 ppg, adding a team high 9.5 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Trae Young with 18.3 ppg and a team high 7.8 dimes per game.
Hawks have won all three previous meetings against the Heat earlier this season, winning the only road game by 2 points. Heat have a 13-18 home record, while the Hawks are 11-23 on the road. Hawks are better offensively, scoring 112.2 ppg to Heat’s 105.9, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 106.5 ppg to Hawks’ 119. Hawks have a better field goal percentage (45.4% to 45%), while both teams have identical 3-point percentage (35.4%). Heat are better both in boards grabbed (46.3 to 45.6) and in turnovers committed (14.5 to 17.6), while Hawks are better in dimes made (25.6 to 24.1). Heat are the favorite for the win but Vegas odds give them a -9 spread and don’t expect them to beat the odds as they have been struggling lately and Hawks will force a closer game than that.
Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat Prediction: Atlanta Hawks +9 (-108)
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