Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 1/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
The Dallas Mavericks (1-3) play the Miami Heat (2-2) at American Airlines Center on Friday.
The Miami Heat faced the Milwaukee Bucks and walked away with a win by a score of 119-108 in their last game. Miami walked away from the contest having earned a 48.8% FG percentage (40 of 82) and knocked down 15 of 39 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Heat buried 24 of their 29 tries for a percentage of 82.8%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected 52 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 25 dimes for the matchup in addition to earning 5 steals and 5 blocks. In the matter of defense, Miami let their opponent shoot 39.2% from the field on 40 out of 102 shooting. Milwaukee recorded 26 assists and had 14 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Bucks pulled down 47 rebounds (16 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Milwaukee walked away from this one shooting 92.3% at the charity stripe by burying 12 of their 13 attempts. They also converted 16 of their 41 tries from 3-point land.
Goran Dragić is one guy who was a major factor for the game. He ended up with 26 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26:32 minutes played and also totaled 5 boards. Dragić ended up going 52.9% from the field and also earned 2 assists. One more player that played a role in this contest for the Heat was Bam Adebayo. He grabbed 8 boards and totaled 10 dimes. He ended up going 53.8% from the field in the game by connecting on 7-of-13 (22 points). At the conclusion of this game, Adebayo saw the court for 35:27 minutes.
Miami enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 2-2 so far this year. They currently have an average of 108.5 points per outing (24th in basketball) while shooting 49.2% from the field. The Heat are hitting 36.8% on 3-pointers (49 of 133) and 79.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Miami is grabbing 40.0 boards per game and has tallied 102 assists on the year, which is 14th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 20.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 20.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Heat have forced 16.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 14th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 99 relinquished for the year. The Heat defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.6% (67 of 86) and they surrender 43.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are conceding 41.9% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 20th in the league in PPG from their opponents (115.8).
In their last game, the Dallas Mavericks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 118-99 when they played the Charlotte Hornets. The Mavericks corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for the matchup. They blocked 6 attempts while earning 10 steals in this matchup. The Hornets earned 28 fouls for the matchup which took the Mavericks to the charity stripe for a total of 33 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of them for a percentage of 57.6%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Dallas buried 12 of 42 tries (28.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Mavericks finished shooting 34 for 87 from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.1%. The Mavericks allowed the Hornets to knock down 43 of 84 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.2% in the matchup. They finished 44.1% from distance by connecting on 15 of 34 and ended up going 17 of 21 from the free throw line (81.0%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Dallas allowed Charlotte to collect 50 overall (12 offensive).
Tim Hardaway ended up being a major contributor for the Mavericks in the matchup. He made 7 out of 10 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, which got him 18 points. Hardaway collected 2 rebounds in his 27:31 minutes of playing time and had 2 dimes in the matchup. One more player that played a role for Dallas was Jalen Brunson. He totaled 16 points in his 20:16 minutes on the court by going 5 of 13 shooting for this game. Brunson ended the game having shot 38.5% from the field as well as totaling 4 dimes and 4 boards.
Dallas has a win-loss mark of 1-3 so far this year. As an offense, the Mavericks are connecting on 45.0% from the field, which ranks them 20th in the league. Dallas has earned 440 pts so far this season (110.0 per contest) and they grab 39.8 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 21.5 times per contest (28th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 10.8 times per game. The Mavericks commit 18.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 75.0% from the free throw line. The Mavericks defensively are ranked 8th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 108.8. They have relinquished 24.3 assists and 46.8 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 11th and 21st in the league. The Dallas defense gives up 36.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (49 of 136) and their opponents are making 76.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 18.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.9% from the field (22nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Miami
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