The Nets travel from their new digs in Brooklyn for the first time and head for Miami tonight where they will face the NBA Champion Heat. The game at American Airlines Arena is due to tip off at 7:35 PM ET.
Brooklyn (1-1) has had problems on the boards and defensively in general, resting near the bottom of the league in rebounding (35) and points allowed (103). The Nets had as much as a 22 point advantage in the 2nd half on Monday, yet eventually lost to Minnesota 107-96. They had previously beat Toronto 107-100 in the season opener. Center Brooks Lopez is averaging 20 points per game, while Deron Williams is at 18.5 and dishing off 11 assists. Forward Gerald Wallace is listed as questionable for tonights contest with a sprained ankle. Start your NBA Basketball Betting on Nets vs. Heat Game.
Miami (3-1) is undefeated in South Beach with it’s only loss coming in a 104-84 drubbing by the Knicks in New York. It took some late game heroics by newcomer Ray Allen to get by Denver 119-116 on Monday. Allen converted on a 4 point play late in the game to provide the margin of victory. The Heat’s “Big 3” of James, Wade and Bosh are all averaging in excess of 20 points per contest.
The Nets are 1-4 ATS following a SU loss. They are 1-4 ATS against opponents from the Eastern Conference, and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Heat are 6-0 ATS following 1 day of rest, and are 4-1 ATS following a SU win. The Heat have covered the spread in 6 of the last 10 matchups between them and the Nets. The total has gone OVER in 4 of the last 5 meetings. The Nets are 7-2 ATS when playing in Miami. The favorite is 6-2 ATS recently between these tams, and the road team is 19-7 ATS. Check the Basketball Lines for Nets vs. Heat Game.
The Heat has won 10 in a row versus the Nets and LeBron James has a personal streak of 14. The last time the teams met, in April 2012, the Heat won 101-98, as 8 ½ point favorites. In a March 2012 game, Miami won 108-78, as 13 ½ point favorites. In January 2012, the Heat won 101-90, when they were favored by 9 points.
Miami is an 11 point (-$110) home favorite from SBG Global’s oddsmakers, and the O/U is 201 ½ also at a -$110.
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