Nuggets vs. Heat - 1/15/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (22-17) at Denver Nuggets (15-24)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +3 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, ALT
The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets square off late Friday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Miami Heat look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 96.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 95.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Chris Bosh is averaging 18.9 points and 8.1 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.4 points and 4.6 assists. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.1 rebounds and Tyler Johnson is dishing two assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.2 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat have split their last 10 road games.
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The Denver Nuggets look to win three straight games for the third time this season. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 98.6 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 18.9 points and six rebounds while Will Barton is averaging 15.9 points and 2.5 assists. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay is dishing 5.6 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.4 turnovers per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost six of their last 10 home games. J.J. Hickson and Jusuf Nurkic are questionable.
The Heat are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Nuggets are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Heat are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Denver and 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
This is a letdown spot for a young Nuggets team that just beat the Warriors. The Heat need to get a victory here after some tough losses. I like Miami and the small chalk given the circumstances.