Miami pays a visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, hoping to send the Clippers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at STAPLES Center.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Clippers are 5-2 so far on the season, and 5-2 ATS vs. the number. The Heat, meanwhile, are 6-2 and 4-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 4-3 and the Heat go 4-4 on the totals.
12 of the past 16 meetings of these teams played OVER the total and the Clippers have won 9 of 11 meetings here. The Heat are small dogs here and they are 1-6 ATS the past seven times in that situation.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 7-rated Heat taking on the No. 5-rated Clippers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 109-106 win for the Clippers on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 3-ranked offense (102.1 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 24 at 100.2 PPG. The Clippers have averaged 49.6% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (49.7% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 23-rated mark, allowing 101.8 points per game when playing on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring on their home court.
Miami won its last outing, a 113-110 result against the Rockets on November 12. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 223 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Heat got a 38-point performance from LeBron James as Miami handed Houston a 113-110 defeat on Monday at Toyota Center.
Los Angeles won its last outing, an 89-76 result against the Hawks on November 11. The Clippers covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 165 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Clippers grabbed an 89-76 win over the Hawks on Sunday, behind a 16-point effort from Blake Griffin at STAPLES Center.
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Denver are 4-6
After playing Houston are 3-7
After a win are 7-3
Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a win are 4-6
A few Heat at Clippers trends to consider:
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Miami's last 12 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Miami's last 23 games
LA Clippers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 9 of the LA Clippers last 12 games when playing Miami
LA Clippers are 16-6 SU in their last 22 games at home
LA Clippers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
Miami at Denver, Thursday, November 15
LA Clippers home to Chicago, Saturday, November 17