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Heat host Nuggets in basketball action

Denver NuggetsMiami Heat
28-36March 14, 2014, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena44-18

The Heat will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Nuggets tip off at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday in NBA play.

Miami was a double-digit favorite against the Nuggets, after the line opened late morning over at Bovada.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Heat currently sport a record of 44-18, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 30-31-1 ATS. The Nuggets are 28-36 and 26-37-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Heat post a 34-28 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Nuggets have gone 32-32 against the number.

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Those backing the visitors in this one found the Nuggets listed as 10-point underdogs earlier at GTbets.eu. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 214 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Heat rated this week at No. 13 and the Nuggets sitting at No. 27. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 100-93 result in favor of the Heat today.

The Nuggets were a 120-112 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (232) made winners of OVER bettors. Kenneth Faried went off for 26 points and added 9 rebounds leading Denver over Orlando, 120-112, on Wednesday at Amway Center.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 96-95 loser as they battled the Nets at home. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 191 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chris Bosh scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Heat to victory (they lost 96-95 to Brooklyn at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nuggets rank No. 5 in the league with 45.36 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 30 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 14-ranked team at 8.1 per game, while the Nuggets rate No. 10 with 8.38 per contest.

Next up:
Denver at Atlanta, Saturday, March 15th
Miami home to Houston, Sunday, March 16th