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Heat host Spurs on NBA betting lines

The Miami Heat will be back in action on Tuesday night as they play host to the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA betting matchup.

The Heat have lost three consecutive games, and they've managed to win just one of their last five contests against the Spurs. Miami also covered the spread just once in those last five meetings with San Antonio.

View San Antonio vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Heat in this one will find them as 7-point favorites, while the total was sitting at 202.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 9 (Heat) and the No. 8 (Spurs) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 107-106 result in favor of the Heat is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 5-rated squad against San Antonio's No. 18-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 23 in the league with 5.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 7.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Spurs feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 106.2 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

The Spurs were a 102-91 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Suns. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (193) made winners of UNDER bettors. Phoenix was victimized for 24 points and 11 rebounds by Tim Duncan as the Spurs defeated the Suns 102-91 in NBA action on Sunday.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 117-104 loser as they battled the Nuggets on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 221 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Heat got a terrific 35-point performance from LeBron James but Denver handed them a 117-104 defeat on Friday at Pepsi Center.

San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Orlando are 9-1
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Spurs at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Antonio's last 9 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games on the road
San Antonio is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games when playing at home against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 9 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
Miami is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
San Antonio at Orlando, Wednesday, January 18
Miami home to LA Lakers, Thursday, January 19

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