Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors - 11/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (10-2) at Miami Heat (8-6)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors could be without a couple of starters when they take on the Miami Heat tonight.
The Golden State Warriors have been one of the hottest teams to start the season, winning 10 of their first 12 games and going for a sixth straight overall after taking down the gutsy Thunder by 91-86 on Sunday. Klay Thompson had 20 points, while Stephen Curry added 15, but this night was all about the scarcely used Marreese Speights who filled in for Andrew Bogut and exploded for a season-high 28 points in just 25 minutes off the bench. The Warriors have been blowing teams away with hot shooting from their dynamic backcourt, so it was good to win an ugly game where both teams shot below 36 percent from the field. Unfortunately, Bogut left the game after just eight minutes in the first quarter with a right orbital contusion and is not likely to suit up for tonight's game.
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Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have had to play their last six games without Dwyane Wade but have actually gone on a bit of a roll lately, winning three of their last four including a 94-93 home win over the Hornets on Sunday. Chris Bosh had his usual outing of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Mario Chalmers continued his strong run with 20 points and 10 assists, but the Heat needed yet another player to step up and Luol Deng was able to answer the call with a season-high 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting. Already without Wade (left hamstring) and Norris Cole (dislocated finger), the Heat will now be without Chris Andersen who left the game in the first quarter with a right ankle sprain.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Heat are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, the Warriors are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 5-0-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Miami.
The Washington Wizards hope to have Nene in the lineup tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks.
The Washington Wizards have started the season 9-3 and will be looking for their sixth win in seven games after taking down the Bucks by 111-100 on Saturday. Paul Pierce led the scoring with 25 points while John Wall added 19 points and nine assists as the Wizards came back from a 15-point deficit in the first half to beat the Bucks. The Wizards were always favorites to win this one, but the Bucks have been one of the better teams to start the season and the Wizards had just beaten the Cavaliers just the night before, so there was always a chance of a letdown performance. Unfortunately for the Wizards, Nene left the game after just six minutes with plantar fascia, leaving his status up in the air for tonight's game.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks were able to arrest a two-game skid with a 99-89 win over the Pistons on Friday. Jeff Teague scored a season-high 28 points and Paul Millsap had 15 points and 12 rebounds, as the Hawks won despite blowing an early 19-point lead. As a team, the Hawks had one of their best defensive outings, holding the Pistons to just 37.3 percent shooting from the field and four of 21 from the three point line which is one area they Hawks will be needing to improve on the most, considering they are ranked 25th in the league in points allowed with 102.5 ppg. With the win, Atlanta improved to 6-5 overall and 5-1 at home.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600, while the Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Hawks are 1-6-2 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Washington.
The line has yet to be released for this one so please check back later for my free pick. However, I can tell you that I'm leaning towards the Warriors in this one.