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Suns open as NBA underdog vs Heat

Miami HeatPhoenix Suns
35-14February 11, 2014, 09:00 | US Airways Center30-20

Miami pays a visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, hoping to send the Suns to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at US Airways Center.

The Suns sit at 30-20 (32-16-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Heat are currently 35-14 (22-27 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Phoenix is 28-22 OU, and Miami is 29-20 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

The Suns were listed as a 4.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 208.5 over at 5Dimes earlier.

This game matches up the No. 2 (Suns) and the No. 20 (Heat) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 100-98 result in favor of the Heat is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 94-89 loser as they battled the Jazz on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point favorite, while 183 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Heat endured a 94-89 loss at the hands of the Jazz on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Dwyane Wade at EnergySolutions Arena.

Phoenix won its last outing, a 122-109 result against the Warriors on February 8. The Suns covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 231 combined points took the game OVER the total. Goran Dragic went off for 34 points and added 2 rebounds leading Phoenix to a 122-109 win over Golden State on Saturday at US Airways Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 105.08 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 10 at 98.84 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 45.87% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 50.77% per game.

Next up:
Miami at Golden State, Wednesday, February 12th
Phoenix at Denver, Tuesday, February 18th