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Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat Prediction And Betting Odds

Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

Devin Booker just can’t stop scoring. Once again he exploded for 44 points last night in Orlando, however his teammates didn’t follow suit and the Suns fell 113-98 for their 2nd consecutive loss. That means Phoenix will be playing on a 2nd night of a back-to-back tonight, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering they are 5-2 SU in this scenario. They already beat Miami earlier this season 113-97 back in the beginning of January, Grayson Allen was the high point man with 31. Rebounding could be a problem in this game as center Jusuf Nurkic is questionable to play with a thumb injury. This being their 2nd game in 2 nights, there’s also a chance that one of the big 3 players gets rested, if that happens to be Durant the Suns will have very little size on the inside. They’ve faired okay against Miami when playing in South Beach, covering the spread in their last 5 visits.

Miami’s nightmare run continued with yet another loss over the weekend, as they fell at Madison Square Garden to the Knicks 125-109. They’ve now lost 6 games in a row and after Orlando’s win last night they’re now tied for the first position in their division. Bettors have also been upset with the Heat during this win streak as they’ve failed to cover in each of those 6 games, posting a Net Rating of -17.9 points. If there is one positive we can take away from the Knicks game, it’s the fact that Jimmy Butler finally woke up from his mid-season nap and scored 28 points. Newly acquired guard Terry Rozier is still adjusting to life with his new teammates, he posted a new Miami Heat high with 10 points on Saturday. Arguably the best game he’s played this season was against Phoenix, when he dropped 42 points on them as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.

Miami Heat Point Spread Prediction

Miami Heat -3.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Last night’s loss at Orlando saw a very uncharacteristic performance by the Phoenix Suns. They scored on only 4 threes total, with Kevin Durant being the only player other than Devin Booker to score in double-figures. I’m not sure I’m willing to trust them on a 2nd night of a back-to-back, even if it’s against a struggling Miami side. The Heat need to turn things around and I think they start by beating the Suns tonight, so let’s back Miami to cover.

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Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat Total Points Prediction: Under 229.5

Under 229.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

If the Heat want to improve, they’ll need to step it up on the defensive end first and foremost. During this losing streak they’re posting the 29th defensive rating in the NBA, allowing 124.4 points per 100 possessions. As a result the under has cashed 7 times in their last 9 games and in 4 of 5 at home. Phoenix has also been going under the total, especially in road games where they’re 4-8 on the O/U in their last 12 games. After netting 130+ points in 2 consecutive games, they cooled off last night against Orlando failing to crack the 100 point mark for the first time since mid-November. Accumulated fatigue could force them to slow things down tonight and that’s exactly what Miami wants. The Heat rank 28th in pace of play, while the Suns are 23rd. The last 10 meetings are averaging only 216.9 points per game, the under has landed 5 times in the last 7 of those games. I think those trends continue tonight, so let’s back the under once again.

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