Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 2/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Monday, February 15, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+5.5)
The Los Angeles Clippers (19-8) host the Miami Heat (11-15) at STAPLES Center on Monday. Miami opens this matchup as 5.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 227.
The Miami Heat stepped onto the hardwood against the Utah Jazz and took a loss by a final of 112-94 in their last game. Miami walked away from the game with a 40.7% FG percentage (35 of 86) and made 12 out of their 36 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Heat converted 12 of their 17 tries for a rate of 70.6%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they earned 43 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 24 dimes for this contest in addition to having 11 steals and 3 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Miami allowed 45.9% from the floor on 39 out of 85 shooting. Utah earned 26 assists and had 11 steals for this game. Moreover, the Jazz pulled down 48 rebounds (10 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Utah ended up going 75.9% when shooting free throws by converting 22 of 29 attempts. They converted 12 out of their 46 attempts from downtown.
Kendrick Nunn is one player who was a factor for this contest. He notched 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He played for 34:19 minutes and also totaled 3 boards. Nunn shot 53.3% from the field and also earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Heat was Jimmy Butler. He totaled 8 rebounds and earned 5 assists. He finished the contest at 30.0% from the field for the contest by connecting on 3-of-10 (15 points). In all, Butler was on the court for 31:39 minutes.
Miami comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 11-15 this season. They are averaging 106.2 points per outing (27th in the league) while hitting 46.1% from the field. The Heat are hitting 35.7% from downtown (343 of 961) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Miami is pulling down 42.1 boards per game and has racked up 660 dimes this season, which is 8th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.8 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Heat are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.0 personal fouls. They rank 16th in basketball in giving up assists with 646 conceded so far this year. The Heat are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.5% (393 of 546) and they relinquish 44.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They give up 36.9% on 3-pointers and they are 7th in the league in points per game allowed (109.6).
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Clippers got the victory with a final of 125-106 when they faced the Chicago Bulls. The Clippers earned 33 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 37 in the game. They also rejected 7 tries while recording 11 steals in the matchup. The Bulls had 16 personal fouls for this contest which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 15 shots. They were able to convert 12 of those for a percentage of 80.0%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, Los Angeles made 13 of 30 tries (43.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Clippers went 50 out of 86 from the field which gave them a rate of 58.1%. The Clippers allowed the Bulls to make 40 of their 85 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 47.1% in the game. They finished shooting 37.5% from 3-point land by shooting 12 out of 32 and finished the game at 14 of 15 from the charity stripe (93.3%). When discussing how they rebounded, Los Angeles allowed Chicago to collect 41 in all (8 offensive).
Kawhi Leonard was important for the Clippers for this game. He made 14 out of 21 in the game for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which had him finishing with 33 points. Leonard totaled 6 boards in his 32:52 mins of playing time and accounted for 3 assists for this contest. Someone else that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Reggie Jackson. He was able to score 11 points in 23:58 mins on the court by way of 5 out of 11 shooting for the contest. Jackson walked away from this one going 45.5% from the floor and also contributing 4 assists and 2 boards.
Los Angeles has a mark of 19-8 for the campaign. As an offense, the Clippers are shooting 48.5% from the floor, which is ranked 4th in basketball. Los Angeles has earned 3,114 pts for the campaign (115.3 per contest) and they pull in 44.0 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 24.1 times per game (19th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest. The Clippers commit 18.9 fouls every game and they go 84.8% from the free throw line. The Clippers defensively are ranked 5th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 107.9. They have allowed 23.4 assists and 41.1 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 5th and 1st in the NBA. The Los Angeles defense gives up 36.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (326 of 898) and their opposition knocks down 79.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.5% from the field (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-5.5)
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