In this battle between two teams from opposing conferences coming off multiple defeats, the Denver Nuggets (37-18), who have lost their last three matches, are hosting the Miami Heat (25-29), who have lost their last two and both teams are looking to bounce back tonight.
Date/Time: 02-11-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -10.5
Denver Nuggets have a 37-18 record (29-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sixers with a 110-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.4 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.7 and in boards grabbed with 10.5 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.6 ppg, 4.3 boards and 5 dimes per game.
Miami Heat have a 25-29 record (28-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Warriors with a 118-120 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.8 ppg, adding 3.6 boards and 3.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.3 ppg, 3.1 boards and a team high 4.9 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Nuggets won on the road with a 99-103 score. Nuggets have a 23-4 home record, while the Heat are 14-13 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 112 ppg to Heat’s 105.3, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 105.8 ppg to Nuggets’ 107.3. Nuggets have a better field goal percentage (47.3% to 44.5%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35.5% to 35.2%). Nuggets are better both in dimes made (27.7 to 23.8) and in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.6), while Heat are better in boards grabbed (46.7 to 46.2). Nuggets are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -10.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory tonight.
Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -10.5 (-107)
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