Heat vs. Hawks Prediction
Are the Miami Heat a good bet to cover the point spread as a small road favorite on Monday night when they visit the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET?
Who Oddsmakers Like: Miami. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Heat are 2.5-point road favorites to beat the Hawks, who opened as 3-point home underdogs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 201.5 after hitting the board at 205.5.
Who Public Bettors Like: As of Monday morning, 75% of the betting tickets are on the Heat to cover the spread while 75% of the money is also on Miami.
Injury Report: Hassan Whiteside is out for the Heat with a knee injury and so is James Johnson, who is dealing with a bad ankle. Justise Winslow, meanwhile, is questionable for tonight due to a knee injury.
On the other side, Dewayne Dedmon (leg) is out for the Hawks and so is Mike Muscala (ankle).
Who We Like: Miami. The Heat are a near-perfect 7-0-1 against the spread in their last eight games versus the Hawks and are 4-0 at the betting window in their last four games in Atlanta. The Heat are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus a team with a losing record and are 23-11 at the betting window in their last 34 road games, which is impressive.
MONDAY NBA PREDICTION: MIAMI HEAT -2.5