New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat meet Monday in NBA preseason action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Miami Heat are coming off an improbable finals run where they were two victories away from winning the title. And outside of losing Derrick Jones Jr. and Jae Crowder, the Heat are the same team they were a couple months ago. In fact, you can argue the additions of Moe Harkless and Avery Bradley make the Heat even better. I don’t expect Goran Dragic or Jimmy Butler to play much in these preseason games, as they need to be managed after such a quick turnaround. This is a chance for Tyler Herro to take another leap forward, while Kendrick Nunn tries to find his form after struggles in the bubble. Players to watch in the preseason include KZ Okpala and Precious Achiuwa, two guys the Heat are very high on and think they have the potential be game changing starters at some point. Either way, the Heat are in a good position and have the confidence after what they did in the bubble.
The Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Pelicans are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Miami and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans have a new coach to get used to and I'm sure are going to limit Zion in these preseason games. The Miami Heat are fresh off a trip to the finals and while their vets may rest a lot, they're ridiculously deep and the competition runs deep. The Heat are one of those teams that tries to win whether the game counts or not. I'll lay the small chalk with the Heat at home.