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NBA odds preview - Heat vs. Pelicans

Miami HeatNew Orleans Pelicans
47-20March 22, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena28-40

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Heat travelling to New Orleans Saturday to face the Pelicans on Saturday.

New Orleans will face the 47-20 Heat, who own a 32-34-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pelicans are 35-33 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Heat are 38-29 favoring the OVER.View Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 24 (Pelicans) and the No. 18 (Heat) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 98-91 result in favor of the Heat is predicted by handicapping models.

The Heat were a 91-86 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Heat got 18 points from Ray Allen as Miami ran past Memphis 91-86 on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 111-105 winner as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Pelicans covered in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 216 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. New Orleans got 34 points from Anthony Davis en route to a 111-105 victory over Atlanta on Friday at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 99.96 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 7 at 98.49 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.92% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 50.59% per game.

Next up:
Miami home to Portland, Monday, March 24th
New Orleans home to Brooklyn, Monday, March 24th