Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat Prediction, 3/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+2.5)
AmericanAirlines Arena is the venue where and the Miami Heat (22-21) will play the Phoenix Suns (28-13) on Tuesday. Miami opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 225.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers and walked away with a win by a score of 111-94 in their last game. Phoenix walked away from the game with a 48.3% field goal percentage (42 of 87) and buried 9 of their 32 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Suns made 18 of 23 tries for a percentage of 78.3%. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected a total of 51 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 30 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In the matter of defending, Phoenix allowed 41.2% from the floor on 35 of 85 shooting. Los Angeles totaled 20 dimes and had 3 steals in this contest. Additionally, Los Angeles pulled down 41 boards (7 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Los Angeles finished the game at 67.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 19 of 28 tries. They made 5 of their 25 tries from distance.
Devin Booker is one guy who came through for this contest. He had 26 points on 11 out of 22 shooting. He played for 33:34 minutes played and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Booker walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field and also earned 4 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Suns was Deandre Ayton. He pulled down 8 rebounds in his 32:03 min played. He finished the contest at 76.9% from the field in this contest by shooting 10-of-13 (26 points). Overall, Ayton had 2 assists.
Phoenix will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 28-13 on the campaign. The Suns are shooting 38.4% on 3-pointers (542 of 1,410) and 82.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 114.1 points per game (11th in the league) while shooting 49.0% from the field. They are turning it over 13.4 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.9 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 43.4 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,121 dimes this season, which is 4th in the NBA in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 13.2 turnovers per game while drawing 18.0 fouls. The Suns defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.8% (542 of 739) and they surrender 42.9 rebounds per game as a group. They are 1st in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 896 surrendered on the campaign. They are giving up 34.4% on 3-point shots while they are 3rd in the league in opponents points per game (107.5).
In their last game, the Miami Heat took a defeat with a final score of 109-106 when they played the Indiana Pacers. The Heat pulled down 38 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 51 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while getting 7 steals in the game. The Pacers committed 22 fouls in this contest which took the Heat to the charity stripe for 23 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of those for a percentage of 82.6%. When it comes to shots from distance, Miami knocked down 9 out of 37 attempts (24.3%). Overall, the Heat finished shooting 39 for 97 from the floor which had them shooting 40.2%. The Heat permitted the Pacers to bury 38 out of 98 tries from the floor which had them at 38.8% in this contest. They shot 33.3% from beyond the perimeter via 15 of 45 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 20 at the free throw line (90.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Miami permitted Indiana to pull down 50 in total (13 offensive).
Bam Adebayo ended up being a factor for the Heat in this matchup. He converted 11 of 21 in this game giving him a rate of 52.4%, and had 10 rebounds. Adebayo tallied 29 points in his 36:20 mins on the court and added 2 assists in the matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Miami was Jimmy Butler. He ended up walking away with 7 assists in his 41:41 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 7 of 16 from the floor. Butler ended up shooting 43.8% from the floor while also collecting 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Miami has a win-loss record of 22-21 for the year. Miami has accounted for 4,573 pts this season (106.3 per contest) and they average 42.8 rebounds per contest. The Heat commit 19.2 fouls every game and they shoot 79.6% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Heat are shooting 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 20th in the NBA. They are dishing out assists 25.7 times per contest (12th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 15.1 times per game. The Heat on defense are ranked 4th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 107.6. The Miami defense gives up 36.2% on shots from beyond the arc (632 of 1,744) and their opposition knocks down 78.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 25.5 assists and 44.4 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 22nd and 16th in the NBA. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.3% from the floor (2nd in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Miami (-2.5) and over 225 points
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