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Phoenix SunsMiami Heat
7-6November 25, 2013, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena10-3

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Suns travelling to Miami Monday to face the Heat on Monday.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Heat currently sport a record of 10-3, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-7 ATS. The Suns are 7-6 and 9-2-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Heat post a 8-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Suns have gone 7-6 against the number.

View Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 12-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 200.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game matches up the No. 4 (Heat) and the No. 12 (Suns) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 101-95 result in favor of the Heat is predicted by handicapping models.

Phoenix won its last outing, a 104-96 result against the Magic on November 24. The Suns covered in that game as a 1.5-point underdog, while the 200 combined points took the game OVER the total. Phoenix got 23 points and 13 assists from Goran Dragic en route to a 104-96 victory over Orlando on Sunday at Amway Center.

The Heat were a 101-99 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Magic. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as favorites, while the total score (200) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Heat got a 27-point performance from Dwyane Wade as Miami ran past Orlando 101-99 on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 106.62 PPG, against a Suns defense that ranks No. 9 at 97.62 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 51.85% so far, more than the Suns shooters have achieved on the year, 46.05% per game.

Next up:
Phoenix home to Portland, Wednesday, November 27th
Miami at Cleveland, Wednesday, November 27th