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Pelicans at Heat - 12/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (9-19) at Miami Heat (16-11)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat -6 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, SUN

The New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat meet Christmas afternoon at the American Airlines Arena.

The New Orleans Pelicans need a nice win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 46. percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.2 points and 10.7 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 17.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. Eric Gordon is dishing 2.6 assists and Tyreke Evans is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost six of their last eight road games. Alexis Ajinca is questionable with a calf injury.

Pelicans at Heat - 12/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Heat also look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 96.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 94.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.5 points and 4.4 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 10.9 rebounds and Luol Deng is dishing 1.5 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat  have split their last eight home games. Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Josh McRoberts are questionable.

The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Miami and 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall. 

The Pelicans have yet to play consistent ball and are a young team that will be playing a rare Christmas game. The Heat have been here done that and wil be able to handle playing on the holiday by getting a double-digit victory against a struggling New Orleans team.

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Miami Heat -6

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