Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat Prediction, 2/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+6.5)
AmericanAirlines Arena is the venue where and the Miami Heat (16-17) will take on the Atlanta Hawks (14-19) on Sunday. Miami opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 226.
The Atlanta Hawks stepped onto the hardwood against the Oklahoma City Thunder and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 118-109 in their last contest. Atlanta ended having earned a 44.3% field goal percentage (43 of 97) and made 12 out of their 40 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Hawks buried 11 of 17 shots for a rate of 64.7%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they earned 54 with 19 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 assists in the matchup while forcing 10 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In the matter of defending, Atlanta allowed the other team to shoot 52.3% from the field on 46 out of 88 shooting. Oklahoma City earned 31 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. In addition, Oklahoma City collected 39 rebounds (5 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Oklahoma City walked away from this one shooting 62.5% at the free throw line by converting 10 of their 16 shots. They buried 16 out of their 42 shots from 3-point range.
John Collins is a player who was a factor in this matchup. He finished with 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He played for 31:45 mins and collected 8 rebounds. Collins finished the contest at 57.9% from the field but had no assists when the time ran out. Another guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Hawks was Trae Young. He snagged 6 rebounds in his 31:23 minutes on the court. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the floor in this contest via 7-of-21 (17 points). When all was said and done, Young collected 8 assists.
Atlanta comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 14-19 for the year. The Hawks are hitting 36.2% on shots from downtown (412 of 1,139) and 81.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.5 points per outing (13th in the league) while shooting 45.5% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Atlanta is grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 803 dimes so far this year, which ranks 16th in the league in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Hawks have forced 12.5 turnovers per game while drawing 21.3 personal fouls. The Hawks defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.5% (414 of 703) and they concede 42.9 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 13th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 797 conceded for the season. They concede 34.9% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 22nd in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (113.3).
When they last played, the Miami Heat got the victory with a final of 124-116 against the Utah Jazz. The Heat pulled down 39 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 50 in the game. They coughed up the ball 15 times, while earning 5 steals for the matchup. The Jazz earned 21 fouls in this matchup which took the Heat to the free throw line for 25 shots. They were able to bury 22 of those for a rate of 88.0%. With regard to shots from distance, Miami buried 14 out of their 30 tries (46.7%). When the game finished, the Heat ended up going 44 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.2%. The Heat allowed the Jazz to bury 40 of 94 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.6% for the game. They finished 32.6% from distance by shooting 15 out of 46 and finished the game at 21 of 23 at the free throw line (91.3%). In regard to how they rebounded, Miami permitted Utah to get 36 in all (9 offensive).
Jimmy Butler ended up having an impact for the Heat for the matchup. He knocked down 12 out of 22 for this game for a rate of 54.5%, and had 10 rebounds. Butler racked up 33 points in his 34:44 mins on the hardwood and had 8 assists in this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Miami was Bam Adebayo. He accumulated 7 assists in his 34:13 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 7 out of 14 from the floor. Adebayo wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor as well as earning 19 points and 11 total rebounds.
Miami has a record of 16-17 so far this season. Miami has totaled 3,553 points this season (107.7 per game) and they snag 42.8 boards per contest. The Heat commit 19.8 fouls per game while shooting 79.3% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Heat are shooting 46.4% from the field, which ranks 14th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 26.1 times per contest (10th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 16.1 times per game. The Heat defensively are ranked 6th in basketball in PPG given up with 109.6. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.8% from the field (4th in the league). The Miami defense gives up 36.9% on three-point shots (502 of 1,360) and their opponents are making 78.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 25.4 assists and 43.3 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 21st and 12th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (+6.5)
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