Miami Heat Vs. Dallas Mavericks | NBA Betting Line & Pick [Week 8]
Miami Heat At Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview
The Miami Heat are at the mercy of an unfortunate schedule. They had to play the Lakers on Friday night at home and then travel for a back to back the next day at Dallas. They had a heartbreaking loss to the Lakers, which shows how good this team is.
They’ve won 4 of their last six games and sit in second in the Eastern Conference. This is a shorthanded team that’s managing to go toe to toe with the league’s best.
The Dallas Mavericks are another Cinderella story starting their toughest stretch of the season. Starting with this one against the Heat, they play five straight games against the top five in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look at the betting odds and prediction for the Heat at Mavericks game:
Heat Vs. Mavericks Matchup Betting Odds
Linemakers are pricing the Heat in as relatively big underdogs due to this being an away back-to-back for them. They are also missing Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow. The Heat will feel their presence missed on the offensive end.
The Mavericks dynamic duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are coming off a day’s rest and a solid win over the Detroit Pistons. I think linemakers are undervaluing how much Dragic and Winslow being out will affect this Heat team.
The over/under of 216 also seems a bit low since Dallas hasn’t necessarily been good on the defensive end.
NBA Betting Lines For Tonight’s Game
|+8 (-110)||Spread||-8 (-110)|
|O 216 (-110)||Total||U 216 (-110)|
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Why Bet On The Heat?
The Miami Heat are a gritty team. They play hard on both ends of the floor.
Miami is averaging 112 points per game this season while shooting 47 percent from the field. Jimmy Butler seems to have finally found his home since leaving Chicago a few years ago and has been leading this team well.
Weaker Defense Without Winslow And Dragic
This team is also pretty deep with undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn already having a stellar year. Bam Adebayo is also explosive while averaging a double double so far this season.
Winslow and Dragic being out also hurt them on the defensive end. They allowed 121 points to a putrid Atlanta Hawks team on Tuesday, but still ended up winning.
Why Bet On The Mavericks?
Luka Doncic is going out every game to make his MVP case at just the age of 20. His right-hand man Porzingis has been underperforming this year, but he’s more than serviceable as Doncic’s right-hand man.
They are also healthy, with no key players expected to miss this game. The Mavericks have won 6 of their last seven games, and their defense has picked it up.
For the year, they have held their opponents to 108.4 points per game, but in their last six games, they have only allowed 102.6 points per game. This is a good trend going into one of their toughest five-game stretches of the season.
Miami Heat Vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction
The Heat are on the back-end of a back-to-back. Having to play in Dallas shorthanded, the spread seems much too low.
Dallas is 15-9 ATS this season, and they have a habit of running away with games. Miami is likely to run out of gas late in the game tomorrow, which makes taking Dallas at -8 -110 is a fantastic bet.
Both teams are in the middle of the pack when it comes to pace, but I can see this game playing a bit faster than usual. Miami’s defense is good, but it’s tough to play defense against Luka, and they can only keep up if they outpace Dallas. Due to this, the over bet on 216 is a great bet as well.
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