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The Miami Heat pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Heat will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak snapped by the Knicks in a 98-90 loss on Wednesday. Chris Bosh led the scoring with 28 points on 12 of 22 shooting while Dwyane Wade added 18 points and six assists, but the Heat let themselves down defensively as they allowed the Knicks to shoot 56 percent from the field. Goran Dragic scored just 10 points while Gerald Green had just seven points, finishing in single digits for the second straight game. With the loss, Miami drop to 21-14 on the season and 15-8 at home where they had won three straight before Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Suns were able to snap an ugly nine-game losing streak with a 111-102 upset against the Hornets on Wednesday. Six players finished in double figures with Mirza Teletovic leading the way with 19 points, Brandon Knight scored 18 while TJ Warren and Devin Booker chipped in with 17 points each. As a team, the Suns shot 49 percent from the field and connected on 19 of 33 three-point attempts to get the crowd on their feet and give them a win that has been long overdue.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, while the Suns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
Head to head, the Heat are 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings in Phoenix.
The Suns played an inspired brand of basketball in their last outing, but they've been far too disappointing lately for me to back them against a Heat team coming off a rare loss. Take Miami to win this one and cover the spread on the road.