Miami Heat (2-2) at Dallas Mavericks (1-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +1 -- Over/Under: 222.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.
The Miami Heat look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The Miami Heat are averaging 108.5 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Bam Adebayo is averaging 19 points and 7.3 rebounds while Tyler Herro is averaging 17 points and 4.5 assists. Goran Dragic is the third double-digit scorer and Avery Bradley is grabbing two rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 41.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game.
The Dallas Mavericks need a win here to rebound from a 1-3 record. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 110 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 23.8 points and 6.3 assists while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 14.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Brunson is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 18-7 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Heat last 5 road games. The under is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 overall. The Heat are 14-3-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Dallas and 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Miami Heat are expected to have Jimmy Butler back for this contest and they're the more trustworthy defensive team here. In a battle that should be decided in the fourth quarter, give me the team that will be able to string a couple stops together. That's the Miami Heat in this spot.