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Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat - 4/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat (42-36) at Atlanta Hawks (22-56)
Date & Time Wednesday April 4, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +8.5 -- Over/Under: 205
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NBA | Miami Heat (42-36) at Atlanta Hawks (22-56)

The Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Miami Heat look to improve their playoff seeding after winning six of their last nine games. The Miami Heat are averaging 103.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.1 points and 11.6 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is dishing 3.1 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost 11 of their last 12 road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a feel good win after losing 12 of their last 14 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 108.9 points on 47 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. John Collins is the third double-digit scorer and Damion Lee is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost seven of their last 11 road games.

The Heat are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest and 37-18-2 ATS in their last 57 road games. The Hawks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta, 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

The Atlanta Hawks just took the Heat down to the wire last night and had multiple chances to steal a victory as a monster underdog. The Hawks are now at home where they've actually been a pretty decent team, only being outscored by 3.3 points on the season and stealing outright wins here and there. The Miami Heat have lost 11 of their last 12 on the road and are just 4-8 ATS this season when a favorite of at least seven points. The Heat play down to their comp too often and find themselves in too many close games. Give me the points.

Atlanta Hawks +8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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