Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 1/8/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Footprint Center is where the Phoenix Suns (30-8) will attempt to defeat the Miami Heat (24-15) on Saturday.
The Heat faced the Trail Blazers and notched a win by a score of 115-109 in their last contest. Miami finished having earned a 45.1% field goal percentage (37 of 82) and made 19 out of their 41 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Heat knocked down 22 of 29 attempts for a rate of 75.9%. When talking about rebounding, they collected 50 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 29 dimes in this contest while forcing 4 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In terms of defense, Miami allowed their opponent to shoot 42.3% from the floor on 33 of 78 shooting. Portland dished out 36 assists and had 18 steals for this contest. In addition, Portland grabbed 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Portland walked away from this one shooting 77.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 28 of 36 tries. They converted 15 out of their 38 tries from three-point range. Regarding fouls, the Heat ended up finishing with 21 while the Trail Blazers had 5 fouls.
Max Strus is a guy who played a role in this game. Strus finished the contest at 52.9% from the field and also earned 5 dimes. He played 31 mins and totaled 6 rebounds. He totaled 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting.
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Miami enters this contest with a record of 24-15 so far this season. They are losing possession via turnover 14.4 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.9 personal fouls every game. As a team, Miami is collecting 44.7 boards per contest and has 987 dimes for the year, which ranks 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Heat are connecting on 37.3% on shots from downtown (523 of 1,404) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 108.1 pts per contest (15th in the league) while connecting on 45.8% from the field.
Defensively, the Heat are forcing their opponents into 15.3 turnovers every game while drawing 19.9 fouls. They are currently ranked 17th in the league in giving up assists with 913 relinquished this season. The Heat defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 44.3% (1,446 of 3,262) and they concede 41.6 boards per game as a team. They relinquish 34.9% from 3-point land and they are 4th in basketball in PPG allowed (104.3).
When they last played, the Suns walked away with a victory by a final of 106-89 against the Clippers. The Suns snagged 42 defensive boards and 21 offensive boards for a total of 63 in this contest. They coughed up the ball 8 times, while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Clippers had 12 personal fouls for this game which got the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 10 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of them for a rate of 80.0%. Pertaining to shots from distance, Phoenix converted 10 out of their 31 attempts (32.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Suns walked away from this one shooting 44 for 107 from the floor which had them at 41.1%. The Suns allowed the Clippers to convert 31 of 86 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.0% in the matchup. They went 21.4% from three-point range by connecting on 6 out of 28 and finished the game at 21 out of 25 from the free throw line (84.0%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Phoenix permitted Los Angeles to collect 41 in all (8 offensive).
Cameron Johnson was important for the Suns for the game. Johnson scored 24 points in his 35 minutes on the court and earned 1 assist in the matchup. He made 9 of 14 in this matchup giving him a rate of 64.3%, and accumulated 7 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 30-8 on the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Suns are connecting on 47.5% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in the NBA. Phoenix has earned 4,272 points so far this year (112.4 per game) and they pull down 46.2 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 26.2 times per contest (4th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.7 times per game. The Suns commit 19.4 personal fouls every game and they hit 79.9% from the charity stripe.
The Phoenix defense concedes 32.5% on three-point shots (420 of 1,292) and their opponents are connecting on 75.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 22.6 dimes and 45.7 rebounds every game, ranking them 6th and 20th in basketball. The Suns on defense are ranked 5th in the NBA in points given up per game with 104.5. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.6% from the field (3rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Miami
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