Miami Heat at LA Clippers Preview & Prediction

It has been a long and exciting first half of the season in the NBA, but with the trade deadline and the All-Star Game now right around the corner, players are looking forward to a few days off. It’s a time to recharge the batteries and prepare for the second half, which, if it’s anything like we have seen already, promises to be a battle for playoff spots all the way to the finish. As it stands at the moment, there is only one team in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks, who have surpassed the 40-win mark, but there are a bunch who are in the 30’s, which makes it rather clear that the battle for playoff seeding is going to be a good one. While some are sure to be focusing on conference games, it’s also great to see good teams go head to head in non-conference battles. We have a great one lined up on Wednesday night, with the Miami Heat hitting the road to face off against the LA Clippers. It is the Clippers who are in as a 7-point favorite on home court, with the point total for this one set at 224.

When: Wednesday, February 5 at 10 PM EST
Where: Staples Center, LA
TV: ESPN
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Why bet on the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team this season, playing great basketball on home court while also struggling to maintain any sort of consistency on the road. The same team that has only dropped 3 games in their own building is also the one that is playing .500 ball away from it. It is worth noting that one of the losses that the Heat took at home came at the hands of the Clippers, a 122-117 defeat earlier in the season. The Heat are in a solid run of form coming into this game, winning 2 in a row and 7 of their last 10, a run that takes them to 34-15 on the season. That is good enough for 4th in the Eastern Conference right now. The Heat are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 meetings with the Clippers.

Why bet on the LA Clippers

The LA Clippers made it clear that they were going to be challenging for a championship this season when they went out and plucked Kawhi Leonard off the free agent market. While it took a moment for the Clippers to gel, it now looks as though they might be the team to challenge the Lakers for top spot in the Western Conference in the second half of the season. The Clippers are now 35-15 on the season, which leaves them in second in the West, 3 ½ games back of the Lakers at the top.  They come into this one on the heels of back to back wins, a modest little run that takes them to 8-2 in their last 10. They are 14-4 SU versus teams from the East, including that big road win over the Heat.

 

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

 

I like the Clippers to come out and get the win on home court, but I am a little concerned about the spread. I think that the heat might do just enough to cover here.

 

Miami Heat 112 LA Clippers 116