Heat meet Clippers at Staples Center
The Miami Heat will be looking to pay off against the Los Angeles Clippers on the NBA betting lines on Wednesday night as those teams hit the hardwood for the second time this year.
Miami topped Los Angeles 102-97 but failed to cover the 6.5-point spread at home on the NBA odds in their first meeting of the season on November 7. The Heat and Clippers have split their last 10 meetings at 5-5 both SU and ATS.
Miami is 8-2 ATS in its past 10 games as road underdogs dating back to the 2012 NBA Finals.
The Clippers bring a 34-17 record (29-22 ATS) to the battle against the 34-13 Heat, who are 21-26 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 27-22-2 so far and the Heat go 28-19. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as PK in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including BetDSI where it was -1.5 as of noon), while the total was hovering around 209 at BetOnline and other shops.
The Clippers - Heat odds would favor the Clippers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 10 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Heat sit at No. 20. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 102-100 win for the Clippers.
Miami was a 102-96 winner in its last match at home against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 198 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Pistons were burned for 30 points by Dwyane Wade on Monday as the Heat picked up a 102-96 win at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 116-115 loser as they battled the Nuggets on the road. The Clippers failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite, while 231 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 36 points from Blake Griffin en route to a 116-115 loss at the hands of Los Angeles on Monday at Pepsi Center.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 30 in the league with 36.89 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s No. 19 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 11-ranked team at 8.16 per game, while the Heat rate No. 14 with 7.96 per contest.
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