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Heat host Kings in basketball action

Sacramento KingsMiami Heat
7-17December 20, 2013, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena19-6

Miami looks to cover the Heat-Kings pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 19-6 mark when they host Sacramento in NBA action.

This season the Heat are 19-6 overall and 12-13 ATS against the number, while the Kings are 7-17 and 8-14-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Miami is 15-10 on the OU, and Sacramento is 11-13.

View Sacramento Kings vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Heat as -12-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 205.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

This game pits the Heat, currently No. 11 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Kings, who rate No. 19 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 100-90 victory for the Heat.

Sacramento lost its last outing, a 124-107 result against the Hawks on December 18. The Kings failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 231 combined points took the game OVER the total. Sacramento got 28 points from DeMarcus Cousins en route to a 124-107 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

The Heat were a 97-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (191) made winners of OVER bettors. Dwyane Wade poured in 32 points for Miami on Wednesday, as they defeated Indiana 97-94 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 30-rated squad against Sacramento's No. 20-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 13 in the league with 8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 22 with 6.75 per outing.

A few Kings at Heat trends to consider:
Sacramento is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Sacramento is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Sacramento's last 8 games
Sacramento is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Miami is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Sacramento at Orlando, Saturday, December 21st
Miami home to Atlanta, Monday, December 23rd