Heat look for another win vs. Atlanta
The Miami Heat have won nine straight games against the Atlanta Hawks dating back to 2012 as those Eastern teams meet on the hardwood in NBA betting action at the sportsbooks on Monday night.
The Heat are also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Hawks, although Atlanta managed to cover the spread in their 121-119 loss in Miami when the teams last met on December 23. That game was an easy OVER result on the NBA betting totals.
Atlanta will face the 29-11 Heat, who own a 19-21 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hawks are 22-16-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Heat are 24-16 favoring the OVER.
This game pits the Hawks, currently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Heat, who rate No. 12 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 99-94 victory for the Heat.
The Heat were a 104-96 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. LeBron James went off for 34 points and added 8 rebounds leading Miami to a 104-96 win over Charlotte on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 127-110 loser as they battled the Nets at home. The Hawks failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog, while 237 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Atlanta suffered a 127-110 loss against Brooklyn on Thursday, getting 17 points from Mike Scott in a losing effort at Philips Arena.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 12-ranked offense (101.67 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.2 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 45.82% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (50.62% on average).
Miami home to Boston, Tuesday, January 21st
Atlanta at Orlando, Wednesday, January 22nd