Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat Prediction, 4/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-4.5)
The Brooklyn Nets (38-18) are headed to AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Miami Heat (28-28). The spread on this contest has Brooklyn as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 225.
The Brooklyn Nets took the court against the Charlotte Hornets and took home the win by a score of 130-115 in their last game. Brooklyn wrapped up the game with a 55.3% FG percentage (47 out of 85) and made 21 of their 41 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Nets buried 15 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 93.8%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 37 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 35 dimes for the game while forcing 19 turnovers and getting 12 steals. In regard to defending, Brooklyn allowed the other team to shoot 53.0% from the floor on 44 out of 83 shooting. Charlotte distributed 26 assists and had 12 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Charlotte collected 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Charlotte ended up going 75.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 15 of their 20 shots. They also converted 12 of their 34 tries from beyond the arc.
Joe Harris is a player who was a contributor for this game. He left the arena with 26 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 29:15 minutes and pulled down 2 rebounds. Harris finished 66.7% from the floor and dished out 1 assist. Someone else that was a factor in the matchup for the Nets was Kevin Durant. He had 3 rebounds in his 30:17 minutes on the court. He finished shooting 66.7% from the field in the game by shooting 8-of-12 (25 points). When this game wrapped up, Durant accounted for 11 assists.
Brooklyn enters this matchup with a record of 38-18 this year. They turn it over 14.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Brooklyn is collecting 44.3 rebounds per game and has accumulated 1,503 dimes so far this year, which ranks 3rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Nets are connecting on 39.1% on 3-point shots (789 of 2,020) and 80.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 119.0 pts per game (2nd in the league) while going 49.5% from the field. Defensively, the Nets are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. They rank 14th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,368 surrendered on the year. The Nets defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.3% (714 of 1,061) and they concede 42.1 boards per game as a basketball team. They concede 36.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 24th in the league in PPG from their opponents (114.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Miami Heat took a loss by a score of 119-111 when they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Heat earned 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 33 in this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 11 steals for this game. The Timberwolves committed 22 personal fouls for the game which got the Heat to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 73.1%. Regarding shooting from distance, Miami converted 14 out of 34 attempts (41.2%). When all was said and done, the Heat finished 39 for 80 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.8%. The Heat permitted the Timberwolves to convert 42 out of 81 tries from the floor which had them shooting 51.9% for this game. They finished shooting 41.7% from distance by connecting on 15 of 36 and finished the game at 20 of 29 from the free throw line (69.0%). With respect to rebounds, Miami permitted Minnesota to snag 45 overall (10 offensive).
Jimmy Butler ended up having an impact for the Heat for this game. He buried 9 of 19 for this contest for a rate of 47.4%, and had 10 rebounds. Butler racked up 30 points in his 38:37 mins of playing time and had 8 assists for the contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Miami was Bam Adebayo. He finished this one with 4 assists in his 33:16 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 7 out of 8 from the floor. Adebayo walked away from this one going 87.5% from the floor in addition to totaling 17 points and 4 rebounds.
Miami has a win-loss mark of 28-28 this year. Miami has scored 5,953 points this season (106.3 per contest) and they collect 41.7 rebounds per game. The Heat are committing 19.1 personal fouls every game and they shoot 78.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Heat are hitting on 46.1% from the floor, which is 19th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 26.1 times per contest (9th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 14.6 times per game. The Heat on defense are ranked 4th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 107.7. The Miami defense gives up 36.4% on shots from distance (813 of 2,236) and their opponents are connecting on 78.8% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 25.6 dimes and 43.9 total boards per game, which ranks them 22nd and 15th in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.1% from the floor (3rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-4.5)
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