Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat Prediction, 3/9/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Location: FTX Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
FTX Arena is where the Miami Heat (44-22) will compete against the Phoenix Suns (51-13) on Wednesday.
The Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Bucks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 132-122 in their last game. Phoenix finished the game having earned a 53.8% field goal percentage (50 of 93) and converted 14 of 31 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Suns made 8 of their 11 attempts for a rate of 72.7%. When talking about rebounding, they earned a total of 27 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 33 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 6 turnovers and earning 8 steals. With respect to the defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 54.0% from the floor on 47 of 87 shooting. Milwaukee distributed 48 assists and had 31 steals in this game. Furthermore, Milwaukee snagged 34 boards (14 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Milwaukee finished the game at 79.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 23 of 29 tries. They made 15 of 32 attempts from long range. With respect to fouls, the Suns ended up walking away with 20 and the Bucks recorded 14 fouls.
Deandre Ayton is one guy who was a factor in the matchup. Ayton finished shooting 73.7% from the floor and earned 2 assists. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes and also collected 8 rebounds. He ended up scoring 30 points on 14 of 19 shooting.
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Phoenix heads into this contest with a mark of 51-13 so far this season. They have an average of 113.9 points per contest (5th in the NBA) while hitting 48.3% from the field. The Suns are connecting on 36.5% on shots from downtown (737 of 2,020) and 79.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is grabbing 45.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,740 dimes for the year, which is 5th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 12.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.3 personal fouls per contest.
When they are on the defensive end, the Suns have forced 14.7 turnovers every game and they draw 19.2 personal fouls. They relinquish 33.6% on shots from distance and they are ranked 7th in basketball in PPG allowed (106.2). The Suns defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.2% (2,511 of 5,679) and they surrender 44.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 2nd in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,433 relinquished this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Heat walked away with a victory by a final of 123-106 against the Rockets. In reference to how they attacked the glass, Miami allowed Houston to pull down 24 in all (9 on the offensive glass). They shot 30.2% from 3-point land by going 13 out of 43 and ended up shooting 15 out of 22 at the free throw line (68.2%). The Heat allowed the Rockets to convert 39 of 88 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.3% in the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Heat ended up going 49 out of 91 from the floor which had them at 53.8%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Miami made 14 of 31 tries (45.2%). They were able to bury 11 of those for a percentage of 78.6%. The Rockets were called for 10 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Heat to the free throw line for a total of 14 attempts. They coughed up the ball 15 times, while getting 3 steals in this game. The Heat were able to corral 37 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 in this game.
Tyler Herro ended up being a major contributor for the Heat for this game. He buried 12 out of 18 for this contest for a rate of 66.7%, and had 2 rebounds. Herro recorded 31 points in his 31 minutes on the court and added 3 dimes in this contest.
Miami has a mark of 44-22 for the campaign. As an offense, the Heat are shooting 46.4% from the field, which ranks 12th in the league. Miami has scored 7,240 pts so far this season (109.7 per game) and they pull down 44.4 boards per game. They are earning an assist 25.7 times per game (6th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 14.7 times per game. The Heat have committed 20.7 personal fouls per game and they connect on 80.7% from the free throw line.
The Miami defense gives up 34.1% on shots from beyond the arc (865 of 2,535) and opponents are converting on 76.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 23.1 dimes and 41.6 boards per contest, which is 4th and 1st in basketball. The Heat on defense are ranked 4th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 104.6. They are forcing their opponents into 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.3% from the field (4th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix
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