Miami Heat (6-8) at Brooklyn Nets (9-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -8 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Miami Heat need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Miami Heat are averaging 110.3 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 112.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Bam Adebayo is averaging 19 points and 9.4 rebounds while Tyler Herro is averaging 17.6 points and 3.8 assists. Jimmy Butler is the third double-digit scorer and Goran Dragic is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 120.3 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 31.3 points and six assists while James Harden is averaging 29 points and 9.3 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Harris is dishing 1.9 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Nets are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 5-1 in Heat last 6 overall. The over is 11-1 in Nets last 12 overall. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Brooklyn Nets are the better team here and should have a rested Durant, but they're also a club that hasn't played a lick of defense up to this point and just lost back to back games to the Cavaliers. I'm not laying big chalk with the Nets until they show an improved effort on defense. Also, both teams are on the end of a back to back, so this has the potential to be an ugly, sloppy contest with tired legs. Give me the points.