Los Angeles Clippers vs Miami Heat Prediction, 1/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Miami Heat
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-3.5)
AmericanAirlines Arena is the site where and the Miami Heat (6-10) will play the Los Angeles Clippers (13-5) on Thursday. The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 3.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 226.
The Los Angeles Clippers faced off with the Atlanta Hawks and went home with a loss by a final score of 108-99 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the contest having earned a 40.4% field goal percentage (36 out of 89) and made 8 of their 26 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Clippers converted 19 of 22 tries for a rate of 86.4%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 46 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 23 dimes in this matchup as well as earning 11 steals and 4 blocked shots. With respect to the defense, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 46.3% from the floor on 37 of 80 shooting. Atlanta distributed 20 assists and had 7 steals in this game. On top of that, the Hawks grabbed 46 boards (9 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 9 blocks. Atlanta finished the game shooting 96.0% at the free throw line by converting 24 of 25 attempts. They knocked down 10 out of their 26 attempts from downtown.
Reggie Jackson is someone who was a major factor in this contest. He had 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 39:10 mins and also collected 7 boards. Jackson finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and earned 8 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Clippers was Serge Ibaka. He grabbed 5 boards and earned 3 assists. He finished the game shooting 40.0% from the field for the matchup by going 6-of-15 (15 points). When the game finished, Ibaka saw the court for 28:52 minutes.
Los Angeles enters this one with a win-loss mark of 13-5 for the campaign. They are averaging 113.9 pts per contest (8th in the NBA) while hitting 48.0% from the field. The Clippers are shooting 41.8% from downtown (264 of 631) and 84.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 43.1 boards per game and has 447 assists so far this year, which ranks 5th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.9 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.9 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Clippers are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers every game and they draw 18.1 fouls. They currently rank 20th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 422 conceded this season. The Clippers are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.6% (261 of 326) and they relinquish 40.6 boards per game as a team. They are surrendering 35.7% on 3-point attempts while they are 4th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (107.3).
In their last game, the Miami Heat walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 98-85 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Heat recorded 37 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the contest. They stuffed 7 shots while earning 3 steals in the game. The Nets had 18 fouls for the contest which got the Heat to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They were able to convert 12 of those for a clip of 70.6%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Miami converted 11 out of 43 tries (25.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Heat finished 31 for 84 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.9%. The Heat allowed the Nets to make 34 out of their 85 tries from the field which had them sitting at 40.0% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 28.9% from three-point range by shooting 11 of 38 and ended up shooting 19 out of 22 at the free throw line (86.4%). When discussing team rebounding, Miami permitted Brooklyn to get 49 in total (6 offensive).
Bam Adebayo ended up having an impact for the Heat in the game. He knocked down 10 out of 19 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 52.6%, which earned him 26 points. Adebayo grabbed 10 boards in his 35:19 mins of time on the court and accumulated 5 assists in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Miami was Goran Dragić. He totaled 21 points in his 32:36 mins played by way of 7 out of 13 shooting in this contest. Dragić ended up shooting 53.8% from the floor while totaling 5 dimes and 6 rebounds.
Miami has a win-loss mark of 6-10 this season. As an offensive unit, the Heat are shooting 47.4% from the floor, which is ranked 9th in the NBA. Miami has totaled 1,724 pts so far this season (107.8 per contest) and they average 41.2 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 25.9 times per contest (10th in the league) and they turn it over 17.4 times per contest. The Heat are committing 20.6 personal fouls per game and they hit 77.8% from the free throw line. The Heat defensively are ranked 20th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.2. They concede 25.5 assists and 43.3 boards per game, which has them ranked 22nd and 9th in basketball. The Miami defense gives up 37.8% on shots from beyond the arc (247 of 654) and their opposition makes 77.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.4% from the floor (12th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-3.5)
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