Miami Heat (19-18) at Atlanta Hawks (11-27)
Saturday January 6, 2019 6:00 PM ET (State Farm Arena)
Odds: Heat -6
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Atlanta Hawks host Miami Heat in a battle of teams from the Southeast Conference. Atlanta hold a 2-0 season record on the Heat as Miami Heat are riding on an impressive 8-2 record in the last 10 games.
Atlanta Hawks were blown out of the contest by Milwaukee Bucks in only the first half last night as the Bucks got off to a 43-14 first quarter start. They allowed the Bucks starters to shoot 61.7% from the field as Taurean Prince, Omari Spellman, Kent Bazemore and Miles Plumlee missed the game.
Atlanta Hawks sit 7 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot in the East and it seems unlikely that they’ll be making any sort of playoff push before the All Star break. The Hawks are 20th in points per game(109.2), 17th in rebounding(44.8) and 7th in assists(25.7) while allowing 118.5 points per game(worst in the league). John Collins leads the team with 18.5 points to go with 10.2 rebounds while rookie Trae Young is having a good first season posting 15.3 points along with 7.5 assists. Atlanta Hawks are 5th in league in fat break points and score 46.8% of their points in the paint. Atlanta Hawks have the third most scoring bench in the league but that should not come as a surprise when the starters have struggled to remain fit or have not found a consistent form. Jeremy Lin remains underwhelming while the Hawks will also miss contributions from 3 of their starters in the upcoming game against the Heat.
Miami Heat are coming on the back of a 25 point blowout win over the Cavaliers and a convincing win over the Wizards to cap off an 8-2 run in the last 10 games that has seen them go over .500 for the first time since October. The game against Hawks comes at vital time for the Heat; they are 2 games clear of the 9th placed Detroit Pistons and face Nuggets, Celtics, Grizzlies, Bucks and Detroit Pistons in a tough 5 game stretch that could see them fall in the Eastern Rankings pretty quickly.
The Heat have performed well and have managed to cope up with the loss of their star Point Guard, Goran Dragic. Miami have been below average offensively as they rank 25th in points per game(107.2 points per game), while allowing their opponents to score just 105.8points(7th best in league). They are 4th in rebounds and 20th in assists (23.3). Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder and Dwayne Wade all chip in with double digit scoring while Hassan Whiteside continues to put up monster number yet again (13.1 Points, 13 rebounds, 2.53Blocks). Miami are shooting just 43.9 percent from the field and Dion Waiters’s return couldn’t have come at a better for a team that has scored 33.5% of their points from beyond the arc and are in a dire need of some mid range shooting.
CTS Betting Trends
Miami is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Miami is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Miami is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Atlanta is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Miami
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Miami Heat have got all on the line going into a tough 5 game stretch. A loss in momentum may make them miss Dragic and slide outside the playoff picture before the break. They’d like to make the most of an easy fixture against a struggling and an underperforming Hawks side that misses a couple of important starters and have been generally struggling of late. Look for the Heat to cover the spread while getting an important win.
Pick: Miami Heat -6