Miami Heat will host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday evening in the NBA action. The home side entered a successful run, and they want to keep winning. The visitors have been running hot and cold lately, and they will try to secure a positive result on the road.
Miami prepares for the third straight game on the home court, and they hope for a similar outcome as in the first two. The hosts are the best team in the Eastern Conference and look forward to celebrating in front of their fans again. On the other hand, Phoenix also enjoys a successful campaign since they top the Western Conference. However, the away side hasn’t been too confident over the past few games.
Miami Heat – Will they keep winning at home?
The Heat have been running hot lately since they booked seven wins on the previous eight occasions. That run helped them stay on the top of the Eastern Conference while also being on the pole position in the Southeast Division with a 44-22 record. Miami goes to this game after three straight wins, and the latest two came on the home court. In the most recent match, the Heat managed to beat the Houston Rockets 123-106 thanks to an excellent 53.6 field goal percentage. Tyler Herro had an amazing display, scoring 31 points and having three assists, two rebounds, and a steal for 31 minutes in the game.
Jimmy Butler leads the Heat offense with 21.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.8 steals per match. Tyler Herro produces 20.8 pts, 4.8 rebs, and four assists per contest, while Bam Adebayo dominates the paint with 10.3 rebounds, followed by 18.8 points and 1.5 steals per game. Kyle Lowry has contributed with 13.3 pts, while three other players average more than ten points per contest. Regarding the roster depth, Miami cannot count just on Markieff Morris, while Caleb Martin is listed as questionable.
Expected Line-Up: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, P.J. Tucker, Bam Adebayo
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Phoenix Suns – Can they cope with injuries?
The Suns have the best NBA record this season, and they have already locked the pole position in the Pacific Division. With a 52-13 record, the away side is eight wins ahead of the Golden State Warriors. However, they suffered three defeats in the last six matches, showing a certain level of instability. Nevertheless, Phoenix heads to this match after beating the Orlando Magic 102-99 on the road. Although the Suns didn’t have a good field goal percentage, Deandre Ayton led them to success by scoring 21 points, followed by 19 rebounds and an assist.
Devin Booker has been the most productive player for the Suns this season, averaging 25.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 steals. Deandre Ayton has contributed with 16.7 pts while topping the rebounds charts with ten per game. Chris Paul is Phoenix’s best assistant with 10.7 per match while producing 14.9 points, 4.5 rebs, and 1.9 steals. However, he will be out due to an injury as well as Devin Booker, while Cameron Johnson is listed as questionable.
Expected Line-Up: Cameron Payne, Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
Expert Pick #1 – Miami Heat -7.5 @-110
It is going to be a clash of the two top-placed teams in their respective conferences. However, the hosts are strong favorites as the Suns cannot count on their best players, and Miami should take advantage of that to win and cover. I’ll take them as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 218 @-110
Since the visitors will miss Chris Paul and Devin Booker, their most productive players, we could see a low-scoring game here. Phoenix’s latest game stayed under the margin, and this one might not be much different. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Miami Heat Over 112 @-110
On the other hand, Miami has been quite productive recently. They produced at least 112 points six times on the previous seven occasions, and I think they can continue that trend. That’s going to be my third pick at the same odds as the first two.