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Heat vs Warriors Betting Matchup Report

Golden State WarriorsMiami Heat
20-13January 02, 2014, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena24-7

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

The Warriors will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 15-16-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Heat are 15-16 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Golden State is 14-19 on the totals; Miami is 19-12.

View Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Heat as -4-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 204 earlier at GTbets.eu.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Heat and the No. 9-ranked Warriors, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 100-97 result in favor of the Heat.

The Warriors were a 94-81 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (175) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Warriors grabbed a 94-81 win over the Magic on Tuesday, behind a 22-point effort from David Lee at Amway Center.

In their last action, Miami was a 97-94 winner on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (191) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Heat got a 26-point performance from LeBron James, who added 10 assists as Miami ran past Denver 97-94 on Monday at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 6-ranked offense (104.45 PPG) against a Warriors defense that ranks No. 10 at 98.39 PPG. The Heat have averaged 51.14% from the field per game, more than the Warriors have managed so far this season (46.15% on average).

Next up:
Golden State at Atlanta, Friday, January 3rd
Miami at Orlando, Saturday, January 4th