Clippers vs. Heat Prediction
Can the Miami Heat take care of business at home and get to the .500 mark when they host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at 7:30PM ET?
545 Los Angeles Clippers vs. 546 Miami Heat
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:30PM ET – American Airlines Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Heat are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -5 points against the Clippers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 54 percent going on Miami at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Clippers falling back
Los Angeles is coming off a 106-98 loss at Dallas last night for their sixth loss in seven games. The Clippers are also just 1-6 against the spread in those seven losses. Los Angeles is 25-22 on the season, 11-12 on the road, 25-22 against the spread and 25-22 with the over.
Despite the recent struggles, Los Angeles still has one of the top offenses in the NBA. The Clippers are averaging 114.1 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Clippers are giving up 114 points per game while holding opponents to just 34.6 percent shooting from the 3-point line. Danilo Gallinari is questionable to play tonight due to a back injury. He is averaging 19 points and six rebounds per game. Tobias Harris is leading the team with 20.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest.
Heat hoping to get on track
Miami is coming off a 107-99 loss at Boston on Monday for their third loss in four games. All four games did come on the road and Miami did manage to cover in the last two. Miami is 22-23 on the season, 11-12 at home, 25-20 against the spread and 24-21 with the over.
The Heat have been led by their defense this season, allowing just 105.8 points per game while limiting opponents to shoot 44 percent from the field. Miami is struggling offensively, averaging just 106 points per game while shooting only 44.3 percent as a team. Josh Richardson has been leading the team with 17.8 points per game while Hassan Whiteside adds 12.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.38 blocks per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Clippers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following a loss, but 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.
Miami is 15-7 against the spread in its last 22 games overall and 9-3 ATS in its last 12 against Western Conference opponents.
Miami already went to Los Angeles and picked up a 23-point win over the Clippers in December. The Clippers have really been tailing off on offense, averaging just 104 over their last five. Miami hasn’t been great recently either, but the Heat return home after a week-long road trip. Their defense should be able to continue to give the Clippers offensive problems. The key will be if Miami can find some offense. They went over 110 in their last two at home and that should be enough to cover in this one.
NBA Prediction: Miami Heat -5