Heat vs Hawks Betting Preview
LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be gunning for their second ATS win of the season over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night as those teams hit the hardwood in an NBA betting matchup in Florida.
Miami beat Atlanta 95-89 as a 4-point road favorite when the teams last met on November 9, improving the Heat to 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS over their last 10 games against the Hawks. The UNDER has paid out for totals bettors in each of their last two matchups.
The Heat bring a 13-5 record (8-10 ATS) to the battle against the 12-5 Hawks, who are 7-9-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 11-7 so far and the Hawks go 8-8-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 16-rated Heat and the No. 14-rated Hawks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 104-102 win for the Heat on Monday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 103.8 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 5 at 93.6 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 49.3% so far, more than the Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.
Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, giving up 90.4 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 93-83 winner as they battled the Grizzlies on the road. The Hawks covered in the match as a 7-point underdog, while 176 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Hawks got 24 points from Josh Smith as Atlanta ran past Memphis 93-83 on Saturday at FedExForum.
Miami was a 106-90 winner in its last match at home against the Hornets. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 196 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. New Orleans was scorched by Dwyane Wade for 26 points as the Heat defated the Hornets 106-90 in NBA action on Saturday.
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing New Orleans are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
A few Hawks at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing on the road against Miami
Atlanta is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games
Miami is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Miami's last 11 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games
Atlanta at Orlando, Wednesday, December 12
Miami home to Golden State, Wednesday, December 12