In one of the first games to tipoff on Friday night in the association, we have the Miami Heat playing the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET. The last time these two teams played each other, the Hawks defeated the Lakers 94-80 on Mar. 2 in Nate McMillan’s debut.
The Heat are entering this Southeast division battle on a three-game winning streak after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 107-87 on Wednesday. Miami has a record of 2-3 in their last five road games and is 6-4 in their last 10 games.
The Hawks saw their two-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday as they lost 137-127 in overtime to the New York Knicks. Along with the road defeat, Atlanta lost star point guard Trae Young to a lateral ankle sprain, which will sidelined him for a few games. Atlanta has won three out of their last games and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Heat vs. Hawks, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass
Pick ATS: Heat -5.5
The line for Friday night’s game is currently set at 5.5 points, with the Heat listed as the road favorite. Miami is only one game behind the Hawks for first place in the division. If they were to win, they would essentially be tied for first but would hold the decisive tiebreaker. When these two teams last played each other, Miami got crushed on the glass, 47-26. This season, the Heat are 17-6 when they are winning the rebounding battle. During their win streak, they have won the rebounding battle convincingly.
Miami is coming into tonight’s game rather healthy with only second-year guard Tyler Herro listed as questionable with a foot injury. The Heat has a record of 4-2 against the spread in their last six games against the Hawks. They are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team from the Eastern Conference. Lastly, Miami has a record of 12-17-1 ATS at home this season.
The Hawks are walking into Friday night’s game with a bunch of injuries. Aforementioned, Trae Young is out with an ankle sprain, which means Atlanta will be missing 25.3 points per game from their offense. Along with Young, backup point guard Kris Dunn is also out with an ankle injury. However, Clint Capela (back) and Danilo Gallinari (foot) are both listed as questionable, while Tony Snell is doubtful with an ankle injury too.
Despite these slew of injuries, the Hawks are an impressive 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 contests. They are also 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games and 16-11 at State Farm Arena this season. When it comes to being the underdog, the Hawks are 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
Point Total: Under 212
Since we do not have player props yet for the Hawks, we are going to instead focus on the point total, which is currently at 212. In the Hawks’ last six games, the point total has gone under four times. Along those same lines, the point total has gone under in five out of Miami’s last seven games. In both of their meetings this season, the total points scored has been 174 and 208.
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