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Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
Where and when: AT&T Arena, San Antonio, Texas, Wednesday, 8:35 pm EST
On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat will travel to AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, to battle the San Antonio Spurs at 8:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Miami currently sits atop the Southeast division of the Eastern Conference as they enter this matchup winners of three of their last four games. They maintained their stellar play on the defensive end versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last time out as they allowed only 43% shooting while forcing 19 turnovers in a blowout victory. Goran Dragic along with Dwyane Wade combined to go 7-12 from three-point range while ending with 26 and 25 points, respectively, for the Heat.
The San Antonio Spurs have won nine straight games entering this matchup with Miami as they are currently in second place within the Southwest Division of the Western Conference, just behind the Houston Rockets. The edged the Golden State Warriors at home in their last outing as they overcame a 26 along with 25-point night from Kevin Durant along with Steph Curry to get monster games from DeMar DeRozan along with LaMarcus Aldridge ss the Spurs went up by as many as 14 points during the contest.
Spurs looking for an undefeated home-stand
The Spurs will wrap up a successful four-game home stand versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday night as they will look to go undefeated during this time. Again, the defense has certainly been doing its job recently for San Antonio as they are allowing teams to average just 98 points per game. And while the Warriors were able to shoot 47% from the floor along with connect on 13 3 pointers on the night, San Antonio was able to shoot 47% from the floor as well while also outrebounding the Warriors in the contest. San Antonio also shot 83% from the free throw line while also forcing 13 turnovers during the game.
DeMar DeRozan led the team with 26 points 9 rebounds, along with 8 assists in the wind while Aldridge chipped in 23 points along with 13 rebounds on an 8-12 shooting night for the San Antonio. Rudy Gay also chipped in 17 points along with six rebounds in the victory in addition to Derrick White finishing with 12 points, as well.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 19, 2019
For the season, San Antonio is averaging 112 points per game on 47% shooting. DeRozan is averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds along with 6 assists per game as he continues to put up huge numbers on the year while also shooting 48% from the floor. Aldridge (21 ppg, 9 rebs) recorded his third double-double in the last five games for San Antonio as he has also shot well from the floor on the season. Finally, Rudy Gay is posting 14 points along with 7 rebounds per game and has picked up where he left off after missing two games recently with an illness.
In their last meeting versus the Heat, the Spurs fell by seven points as both teams shot under 40% from the floor. And on a night were both DeRozan & Aldridge struggled, 19 points from Patty Mills was simply not enough for the Spurs as they endured the road loss.
Heat destroy Westbrook-less Thunder in last outing
On the other hand, Hassan Whiteside had a monster game versus San Antonio in their last meeting as he finished with 29 points along with 20 rebounds in the victory. Wayne Ellington along with Justise Winslow chipped in 20 and 16 points, respectively, for the Heat in the win as well.
For the contest, Miami shot a tad over 48% from the floor while also heavily outrebounding the Spurs by a 60 – 49 margin. Miami scores just 106 points per game on 45% shooting on a nightly basis. Josh Richardson leads the team with 17 points per game as he was able to finish only 3 – 14 from the floor while ending with nine points versus the Thunder in their last time out. Kelly Olynyk chipped in 18 points for the Heat in the win as he also grabbed nine rebounds during the contest as well. Wade along with Dragic were the players of the game for Miami in this contest, however, as they were seemingly unstoppable from the perimeter in leading the Heat to a much-needed victory in the end.
⚡️ @DwyaneWade scored 25 in his final game vs the Thunder last night to give him 674 total points over his career vs the OKC franchise!
(1. Portland 699, 3. Houston 662, 4. Utah 652) pic.twitter.com/1Safn2fstl
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 19, 2019
Hassan Whiteside is averaging 13 points along with 12 rebounds per game while also shooting 55% from the floor on the year. However, Whiteside has had to deal with hip injuries and I happen to feel as if he is not completely healthy at this point in the season. Justise Winslow is also posting 14 points per game yet has been out of the lineup for the past two outings with a Thigh injury. Furthermore, Dwyane Wade (14 ppg) was also probable with a hip injury before suiting up versus the Thunder while Dragic is averaging 15 points per game for the Heat. Unfortunately, he has also been hampered by a calf injury and his found it difficult to work his way back into the starting lineup.
Nonetheless, they enter this matchup winners of two of their last year road games. Furthermore, the Heat were able to pick up a victory over the Spurs in their last matchup, as stated, and will certainly come into this matchup with the healthy amount of confidence and momentum.
- The Spurs are 6-0 ATS in last 6 games
- The Spurs are 6-1 ATS in last 7 games at home
- The Under is 9-1 in Spurs last 10 games
- The Heat are 5-2 ATS in last 7 games
- The Heat are 3-0 in last 3 road games
- The Under us 3-1 in last 4 games for Heat
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The San Antonio Spurs are clicking on all cylinders at a critical point in the season. The Heat, on the other hand, while sitting atop the Southeast Division rankings, just ahead of the Orlando Magic, has had to deal with injury after injury throughout the season. With that being said, expect the them to certainly bring their defense into this matchup to somehow neutralize DeRozan along with Aldridge. However, look for the Spurs to also assert themselves early and often on the defensive end in which to limit quality looks at the basket for a Heat team that continues to struggle with consistency on the offensive end.
Prediction: Pick: San Antonio Spurs -245
Full-Game Total Pick
The under has been the play in nine of the last ten games for the Spurs while also being the result in three of the last four games for the Heat. As stated, Miami has had to deal with its fair share of inconsistency on the offensive end throughout the season. On the other hand, the Spurs are averaging just 112 points per game on 47% shooting per night. In other words, both teams pride themselves on the defensive end as one will certainly witness a very competitive yet low-scoring contest in this matchup amongst these two squads on Wednesday night.
Prediction: Pick: Under 210.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
One should really look for the Spurs to keep rolling in this game over a Miami team that has been up-and-down on the offensive end all season long due to injuries to key players. Also, they have not played well on the road recently either. With that being the case, look for San Antonio to win their 10th straight while covering the six points.
Prediction: Pick: San Antonio Spurs -6
Half-Time Side Pick
Expect the Spurs to control the pace of this game throughout the first half as they will dominate both inside and outside versus a Miami team that continues to stink it up on the road. Also, look for DeRozan along with Aldridge to continue their dominant play in this contest as well as the home team will be rolling at the half.
Prediction: Pick: San Antonio Spurs -3.5
Half-Time Total Bet
And while the Spurs will have a solid night on the offensive end, the Heat have certainly been effective at limiting looks at the basket for their opponents lately. In other words, while the home team will score enough to go into the break with a lead, look for the score to remain well under its set limit due to both squads hunkering down on defense in which to pick up pivotal stops, when needed.
Prediction: Pick: 107.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
San Antonio is on a high at this point in the season. Expect for them to continue their stellar play when Miami comes to town as they have struggled, offensively, recently as well as throughout the season. Take the Spurs along with the money line in this instance.
Prediction: Pick: San Antonio Spurs -200