New Orleans Pelicans (16-16) at Miami Heat (17-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat +5.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat meet Saturday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 26.2 points and 12.3 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.7 points and 10.6 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Miami Heat look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 99.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 16.6 points and 4.4 assists while Dion Waiters is averaging 14.7 points and 3.8 assists. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and James Johnson is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won four of their last six home games.
The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Heat are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 4-15-2 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Pelicans are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The Heat are playing their best ball of the season and look like a confident group, but beating the New Orleans Pelicans without Watiers, Dragic, Winslow and Whiteside is a bit too much to ask. The Pelicans should own the glass in this contest and make life tough on the offensive end due to a lack of weapons. I'll side with New Orleans here.