Phoenix Suns (30-39) at Miami Heat (43-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Visa Athletic Center)
The Line: Miami Heat -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat meet Saturday in NBA action at the Visa Athletic Center.
The Phoenix Suns look to improve their playoff odds while building on their four-game winning streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 112.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 26.2 points and 6.6 assists while Deandre Ayton is averaging 18.9 points and 11.7 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 8.7 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.
The Miami Heat look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 112.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and five assists. Bam Adebayo is the third double-digit scorer and Kendrick Nunn is dishing 3.3 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.
The Suns are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami and 5-21 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Phoenix Suns are the hottest team in the bubble right now with four straight wins and need to keep winning to improve their playoff chances. The Miami Heat are going to play this game without Butler, Dragic and now Kendrick Nunn is listed out as well due to personal reasons. This could be a spot to ride the Suns and free points. However, the Heat still have enough depth to get the job done here and I can't be the only one who is just waiting for reality to set in with the Suns. We've made money on the Suns in the bubble, but even this stretch isn't sustainable.
I'll lay the bucket with the Heat, the better team, even if banged up at the moment.