Atlanta Hawks (17-23) vs. Miami Heat (26-15)
January 14, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Miami Heat -3.5; Over/Under: +220
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The Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat duke it out once again at the FTX Arena on Friday night.
The Atlanta Hawks have been in rough shape lately as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game skid after getting blown out by the Heat in a 115-91 home loss on Wednesday. John Collins led the team with 16 points and 11 rebounds on six of nine shooting while Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic and DeAndre Hunter each scored 15 points. As a team, the Hawks shot just 37 percent from the field and 13 of 45 from the 3-point line as they fell behind at halftime, before getting completely blown out in the second half by 59-40. Young had a night to forget as he shot just four of 15 from the field while Kevin Huerter scored just seven points on two of nine shooting off the bench.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been in great shape as they’ve won 12 of their past 16 games overall and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after routing the Hawks on Wednesday. Tyler Herro led the team with 21 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists off the bench, Caleb Martin added 18 points with 10 rebounds while Omer Yurtseven chipped in with 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Heat shot 47 percent from the field and 16 of 45 from the 3-point line as they poured in 35 points in the second quarter to take the lead at halftime, before pouring in 59 points in the second half to make it a complete blowout. A total of seven players finished in double figures but Kyle Lowry finished with just eight points on two of nine shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record, 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the under is 22-7 in the last 29 meetings in Miami.
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The Hawks will be shorthanded once again as Clint Capela has been ruled out while Jalen Johnson and Kevin Huerter are both listed as questionable. The Heat have their own list of players missing as KZ Okpala and Markieff Morris have been ruled out while Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable. The Hawks were simply no match for the Heat on Wednesday, but it’s always tough to beat the same team twice in a row. I want to believe that the Hawks will bounce back behind a big game from Young, but they’ve yet to get out of second gear all season, so I’m sticking with the more consistent Heat to get the job done once again.