Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 4/22/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+2)
The Atlanta Hawks (43-39) will try to defeat the Miami Heat (53-29) at State Farm Arena on Friday in Game 3 of their series. Miami leads 2-0. Atlanta opens as 2-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 220.
The Heat went home with a win by a final score of 115-105 in Game 2. Miami finished the game with a 48.1% field goal percentage (38 of 79) and converted 14 out of their 36 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Heat converted 25 of 29 shots for a percentage of 86.2%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they earned 34 with 4 of them being offensive. They also distributed 21 dimes for this game while forcing the opposition into 2 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Regarding defense, Miami allowed the other team to go 47.1% from the field on 41 of 87 shooting. Atlanta recorded 40 dimes and had 21 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Atlanta pulled down 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Atlanta ended up going 78.6% at the free throw line by making 11 of their 14 attempts. They also knocked down 12 out of their 40 shots from distance. In the matter of personal fouls, the Heat finished with 24 while the Hawks finished the game with 19 personal fouls.
Jimmy Butler is a player who came through for the matchup. He finished with 45 points on 15 of 25 shooting. He saw the court for 39 minutes and totaled 5 rebounds. Butler finished the contest at 60.0% from the floor and also distributed 5 assists.
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Miami heads into this contest with a record of 53-29 this season. They turn it over 14.6 times per game and as a group are committing 20.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Miami is grabbing 43.7 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 2,090 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 8th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Heat are shooting 37.9% on shots from downtown (1,114 of 2,936) and 80.8% from the free throw line. They average 110.0 points per outing (17th in the league) while shooting 46.7% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Heat are able to force 15.0 turnovers every game and they draw 20.6 fouls. They currently rank 4th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,908 surrendered on the season. The Heat defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.7% (3,078 of 6,886) and they surrender 41.7 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are surrendering 33.9% on shots from downtown while they are 4th in the NBA in opponents points per game (105.6).
In terms of rebounding in Game 2, Atlanta permitted Miami to collect 30 overall (4 on the offensive glass). They went 38.9% from three-point range by connecting on 14 of 36 and ended up going 25 of 29 at the free throw line (86.2%). The Hawks allowed the Heat to make 38 out of 79 attempts from the field which left them shooting 48.1% for the matchup. Overall, the Hawks finished shooting 41 for 87 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.1%. In terms of shooting from distance, Atlanta knocked down 12 of their 40 tries (30.0%). They were able to make 11 of those for a rate of 78.6%. The Heat earned 14 fouls in this game which got the Hawks to the charity stripe for a total of 14 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 19 times, while earning 6 steals for the matchup. The Hawks were able to snag 33 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in this contest.
Bogdan Bogdanovic ended up being a factor for the Hawks in this game. Bogdanovic racked up 29 points in his 28 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 assists for this contest. He made 12 of 18 for this game giving him a rate of 66.7%, and earned 4 rebounds.
Atlanta has a record of 43-39 on the season. The Hawks are responsible for committing 18.7 fouls per game and they shoot 81.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.6 times per contest (15th in basketball) and they are turning it over 11.9 times per game. Atlanta has accumulated 9,343 points so far this season (113.9 per contest) and they average 44.0 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Hawks are hitting on 47.0% from the floor, which is ranked 7th in the NBA.
The Hawks defensively are ranked 21st in the league in points given up per game with 112.4. They are forcing 12.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (23rd in the league). The Atlanta defense concedes 36.4% on shots from 3-point land (1,051 of 2,888) and opponents are making 79.2% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 25.4 dimes and 43.9 boards per contest, which is ranked 23rd and 13th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Miami (+2)
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