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Heat vs Pelicans Betting Matchup Report

New Orleans PelicansMiami Heat
15-17January 07, 2014, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena26-8

New Orleans travels to Miami on Tuesday, hoping to boost its 15-17 mark with a victory over the Heat.

The Heat sit at 26-8 (16-18 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Pelicans are currently 15-17 (13-17-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Miami is 21-13 OU, and New Orleans is 18-14 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

The Heat were listed as a -10-point Favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 204 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The Heat - Pelicans odds would favor the Heat if the lines were set according to power ranks. Miami is rated No. 11 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Pelicans sit at No. 19. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-94 win for the Heat.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 99-82 loser as they battled the Pacers on the road. The Pelicans failed to cover in the match as a 12-point underdog, while 181 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. New Orleans suffered a 99-82 loss against Indiana on Saturday, getting 21 points from Eric Gordon in a losing effort at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Miami won its last outing, a 102-97 result against the Raptors on January 5. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 199 combined points took the game UNDER the total. LeBron James poured in 30 points for Miami on Sunday, as they defeated Toronto 102-97 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 5-ranked offense (104.82 PPG) against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 27 at 102.75 PPG. The Heat have averaged 51.09% from the field per game, more than the Pelicans have managed so far this season (45.57% on average).

Next up:
New Orleans home to Washington, Wednesday, January 8th
Miami at New York, Thursday, January 9th