Miami Heat (12-16 ) vs New Orleans Pelicans (15-15 )Date : 12/16/2018
Time : 7:00 PM ET
Location : Smoothie King Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans will welcome the Heat to Smoothie King Center as they are coming off a win against the Thunder while the Heat was able to take down the Grizzlies. Game tips off at 7:00 PM ET.
Miami Heat 's Latest Performance :
The Heat was able to create an upset as they took down the Grizzlies. It was a team effort by the Heat as Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk scored 18 apiece. Johnson with 17, Derrick Jones Jr. with nine of his 13 in the fourth quarter and James Johnson with 12. It was the ball movement returning, with the team notching 30 assists, Richardson with seven of them after just 16 in Utah on Wednesday night. The team was without their two leaders Dragic and Wade so they had to rely on each other to pull out this win. It goes to show that if the Heat plays inspired basketball they can pull off wins against a top defensive team like Memphis. Going up against the Pelicans the Heat will need Whiteside to bring his A-game as he will do his best to contain Davis who has been on a roll offensively.
New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :
The Pelicans will close out their two-game homestand against the Heat after taking down the Thunder in their last game. Leading the way for the Pelicans was Davis as he dropped 44 points on the number one defense of the NBA. He was 16-of-32 from the floor while also going 11-of-11 from the free throw line and grabbing 18 rebounds. Holiday chipped in with a 20/10 performance he has been playing off the ball more to take some pressure off him and let Frazier run the point guard the Pelicans have been hit with multiples injuries one of the reasons why they aren’t playing at their best. Playing against the Heat shouldn’t be a problem considering how hot Davis has been in the last few games. He will be going up against Whiteside who is also returning from an injury so it will be interesting to see how Davis plays him.
How Miami Heat & New Orleans Pelicans Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pelicans are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest.
Against The Spread Selection: New Orleans Pelicans
My reason for the pick :
The Pelicans will be able to come up with an easy win in this game as Anthony Davis is unstoppable on offense right now he is bound to have another big game. For the Heat, Whiteside is still not 100% so it will be tough for him to cover stay in front of Davis. It is a good sign for the Pelicans fans as they climb their way up the standings. Go with the Pelicans.
Betting trends for Miami Heat :
- Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:
- Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast.