Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks - 11/19/13
Atlanta Hawks (6-4) at Miami Heat (7-3)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -8.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks look for a big win tonight when they travel to Miami to take on the Heat.
The Hawks have won four of their last five and are coming off a second straight loss after blowing past the Knicks by 110-90 on Saturday. Jeff Teague led the team with 16 points while Paul Millsap added 14 points and 13 rebounds, but the key to the victory came from the bench where the Hawks' reserves outscored the Knicks' reserves by 43-26 led by Shelvin Mack who had 12 points and 12 assists. On the offensive end, the Hawks shot 56.4 percent from the field and had eight players finish in double digits, and on the defensive end they held the Knicks to 37.8 shooting, including JR Smith who shot three for 18.
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Meanwhile, the Heat have won six of their last seven and will be looking for a fourth straight win after cruising past the Bobcats by 97-81 on Saturday. Dwyane Wade made just one of his seven shots to finish with four points and Chris Bosh added just seven points, but you would have hardly noticed because LeBron James was simply putting on a show, scoring 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting. On the defensive end, the Heat were way too good for the Bobcats who scored just 16 points in the first quarter and shot just 34.9 percent from the field for the game.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Hawks are 16-36 ATS in the last 52 meetings and 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Miami.
The Heat have certainly dominated the Hawks in the past, but things are a little different this time around. The Hawks have made some key roster changes which suits their game better and gives them a decent shot at upsetting the Heat in their own building. I'm not picking Atlanta to win this game outright, but I'm definitely liking them with the hefty points start in this one.