Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (19-46) at Miami Heat (33-30)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -9.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, SUN
The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat meet Monday in NBA action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Phoenix Suns could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 104.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 113.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.2 points and 4.8 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 19.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.
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The Miami Heat look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 13.9 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won four of their last five home games.
The Suns are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Pacific, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Suns are 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Miami, 7-24 ATS in the last 31 meetings and the favorite is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Phoenix Suns aren't a team you should be getting behind, and they're on the end of a back to back here. However, the Suns can still score the basketball and that usually allows them to at least hang around most of the time. The Miami Heat have had issues defensively as of late and are just 3-7 ATS this season when favored by at least six points. The Heat are allowing 108.2 points on nearly 46 percent shooting in their last five games. I'll take a stab with the points here.