Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat - 12/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (14-9) at Brooklyn Nets (7-17)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +4.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, YES
The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets square off early Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.
The Miami Heat hope for a nice road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 95.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 93.6 points on 42 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 18 points and 4.5 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 10.5 rebounds and Goran Dragic is dishing 5.2 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.8 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight road games. Josh McRoberts and Tyler Johnson are questionable.
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The Brooklyn Nets look for a nice home win after splitting their last eight games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 96 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 19 points and 8.1 rebounds while Thaddeus Young is averaging 16 points and nine rebounds. Jarrett Jack is dishing seven assists and Joe Johnson is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Nets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15 turnovers per game. The Brooklyn Nets have won six of their last nine home games.
The Heat are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Heat are 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Brooklyn and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Heat have shown progress over the last couple of games and may be finally getting their offense together. The Nets play well at home, but the Heat should be able to win and cover this reasonable number based on the talent gap and one of the better defenses in the league.