Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat - 1/13/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (22-16) at Los Angeles Clippers (25-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Miami Heat tonight at the Staples Center.
The Heat have lost three of their last four games and are in danger of losing a third straight after losing at Golden State by 111-103 on Monday. Dwyane Wade led the way with 20 points and 11 assists, Gerald Green and Chris Bosh added 15 points each while Luol Deng had 14, but the Heat just slipped against the Warriors late in the fourth quarter and it cost them the game. Hassan Whiteside missed the game with knee tendinitis which was a massive loss as he anchors the defense with his shot-blocking ability and he is considered questionable for tonight's game. Miami is now 22-16 on the season and 7-8 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Clippers will be gunning for their 10th straight win tonight after sneaking past the Pelicans by 114-111 in overtime on Sunday. Chris Paul led the way with 25 points and 11 assists, Jamal Crawford added 21 points off the bench while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 14 points as the Clippers came out on top in overtime after failing to close out the game out in regulation time. That's now nine straight wins since losing Blake Griffin to injury as the Clippers improve to 25-13 on the season and 13-6 at home.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Clippers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Heat are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles and the over is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Clippers have been on an absolute tear without Griffin, but I can smell an upset in this one as the Heat continue to be underrated by the bookies. Take Miami with the points in what should be a close one.