Miami Heat (26-18) at Brooklyn Nets (16-29)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.3 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Wayne Ellington is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won five of their last six road games.
The Brooklyn Nets need a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 105.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 13.1 points and 6.5 assists. DeMarre Carroll is the third double-digit scorer and Caris LeVert is dishing 4.2 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost five straight home games.
The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Heat are 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Brooklyn, 10-2-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the road team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I said a couple of weeks ago that the Miami Heat are a team to keep an eye on, as they're starting to play like the team we saw in the second half last season. The Heat are allowing just 42.4 percent shooting in their last five games and have one of the best records in the NBA since Christmas. The Brooklyn Nets are in full struggle mode, as they're being outscored by 11 points in their last five games and are now being outscored by 2.8 points at home on the season despite so many covers. Give me the Heat and the small number.