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Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets - 3/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Brooklyn Nets (24-51) at Miami Heat (41-35)
Date & Time Saturday March 31, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Miami Heat -8 -- Over/Under: 212.5
TV Channel
YES, SUN
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The Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat meet Saturday in NBA action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Brooklyn Nets look to play spoiler after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 106.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 16 points and 5.1 assists while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Miami Heat look to inch closer to a playoff spot after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 103.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.1 points and 11.7 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is dishing three 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 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won eight straight home games.

The Nets are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southeast and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 road games. The Heat are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games and 13-5-3 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Nets are 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings, the road team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Brooklyn Nets have had success against the Heat recently, but Miami is about as healthy as its been all season and is still playing for playoff position. The Heat are outscoring teams by nearly eight points in their last five games while allowing just 41.8 percent shooting during that span. I know the Nets have been covering machines on the road this season, but the Heat are playing as consistent as they have all year and the Nets have nothing to play for at this point. This should be a game the Miami Heat run away with at home.

Pick:
Miami Heat -8

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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