Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 1/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+3)
The Brooklyn Nets (9-7) host the Miami Heat (6-7) at Barclays Center on Saturday. The spread on this game has Brooklyn as 3-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 227.
The Miami Heat stepped onto the hardwood against the Toronto Raptors and took home the win by a score of 111-102 in their last contest. Miami ended with a 48.8% field goal percentage (39 of 80) and converted 18 of 40 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Heat made 15 of their 17 shots for a percentage of 88.2%. Regarding rebounding, they collected a total of 46 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 29 dimes in this matchup while earning 4 steals and 5 rejections. In regard to the defense, Miami allowed their opponent to shoot 39.8% from the floor on 35 of 88 shooting. Toronto doled out 27 dimes and had 8 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Raptors had 41 boards (12 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Toronto finished the game shooting 88.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of their 18 attempts. They made 16 of their 49 tries from distance.
Kendrick Nunn is a player who was a major contributor in this contest. He racked up 28 points on 9 out of 12 shooting. He played 34:37 minutes played and also totaled 8 rebounds. Nunn finished shooting 75.0% from the field and dished out 5 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Heat was Goran Dragić. He totaled 4 rebounds and also earned 5 assists. He finished shooting 37.5% from the field for this game by going 6-of-16 (17 points). When this game wrapped up, Dragić saw the court for 31:23 min.
Miami will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 6-7 for the campaign. They are giving up possession 18.3 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Miami is snagging 42.4 rebounds per game and has 346 assists on the season, which is 17th in the league in terms of passing. The Heat are shooting 37.2% on three-point attempts (174 of 468) and 77.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 110.3 pts per contest (18th in the league) while going 48.6% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Heat are forcing 15.1 turnovers every game and they draw 22.2 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.1% on three-point shots and they are ranked 22nd in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (112.9). The Heat defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.2% (196 of 288) and they relinquish 42.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 8th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 328 surrendered for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Brooklyn Nets took a loss by a score of 147-135 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets were able to pull down 39 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 52 for the matchup. They also blocked 11 attempts while recording 8 steals in this game. The Cavaliers had 21 fouls in the matchup which took the Nets to the free throw line for a total of 27 shots. They were able to make 24 of the free throws for a percentage of 88.9%. With regard to three-point shots, Brooklyn made 15 of their 41 tries (36.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Nets went 48 out of 106 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.3%. The Nets allowed the Cavaliers to make 56 out of their 109 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.4% in the game. They went 50.0% from 3-point land by hitting 20 out of 40 and finished the contest at 15 of 21 at the free throw line (71.4%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Brooklyn allowed Cleveland to grab 50 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Kevin Durant was important for the Nets for this contest. He knocked down 12 out of 25 in this game for a field goal rate of 48.0%, which earned him 38 points. Durant pulled down 12 boards in his 50:09 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 8 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Brooklyn was Kyrie Irving. He left the arena with 37 points in his 48:22 mins on the hardwood by going 15 of 28 from the floor for this game. Irving walked away from this one going 53.6% from the floor as well as contributing 3 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Brooklyn has a mark of 9-7 so far this year. The Nets have committed 18.9 fouls every game while shooting 81.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 26.3 times per game (7th in basketball) and they are turning it over 16.1 times per game. Brooklyn has scored 1,924 pts so far this year (120.3 per game) and they collect 46.6 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Nets are shooting 49.1% from the floor, which ranks 1st in the NBA. The Nets on the defensive side of the court are 25th in the league in PPG given up with 115.8. The Brooklyn defense allows 36.7% on shots from beyond the arc (206 of 561) and their opposition knocks down 76.6% of their foul shots. They have given up 25.2 assists and 45.3 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 18th and 14th in the NBA. They have forced 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.2% from the field (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-3)
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