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Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns Odds
Phoenix looks to cover the Suns-Heat pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 4-6 mark when they host Miami in NBA action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Suns currently sports a record of 4-6, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-8 ATS. The Heat are 7-3 and 5-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Suns post a 7-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 5-5 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Suns, currently No. 29 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Heat, who rate No. 7 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 106-96 victory for the Heat.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 7-rated squad against Miami's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 22 in the league with 5.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 9.3 per outing.
Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 23-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.2 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Miami was a 98-93 winner on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (191) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Heat got a 27-point performance from LeBron James, who added 12 assists as Miami ran past Denver 98-93 on Thursday at Pepsi Center.
Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 114-102 loser as they battled the Lakers on the road. The Suns failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 216 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Phoenix got 22 points from Goran Dragic but lost anyway 114-102 against the Lakers on Friday at STAPLES Center.
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
A few Heat at Suns trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Miami is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Phoenix's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games at home
Phoenix is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Miami
Miami home to Milwaukee, Wednesday, November 21
Phoenix home to Portland, Wednesday, November 21