Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat - 11/8/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat - 11/8/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat (4-6) at Phoenix Suns (4-7)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Phoenix Suns +4.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Miami Heat could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 19.3 points and 4.8 assists while Dion Waiters is averaging 15.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and James Johnson is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost three of their last four road games. Dion Waiters is questionable due to personal reasons. 

The Phoenix Suns also need a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 104.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 21.6 points and 3.5 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 17 points and 6.3 rebounds. Mike James is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost three of their last five home games.

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The Heat are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games, 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Phoenix, 23-7 ATS in the last 30 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Suns last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and the under is 4-0 in Heat last 4 overall.

After playing great ball under their new coach, the Phoenix Suns have cooled off big time recently and are shooting just 42.2 percent from the field in their last five games. The Miami Heat are expected to have Waiters back, as he returns from Miami after the birth of his child, and the Heat are playing improved defense, allowing just 41.2 percent shooting in their last five games. After some heartbreaking losses and tough breaks, this is a game the Heat should be able to buckle down and win. The Suns are horrible defensively and when they're not shooting well, there's zero chance to win. I'll take the Heat and the reasonable line here.

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Randy’s Pick Miami Heat -4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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