Bet Jamaica NBA Preview — Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat

by Dirty on March 6, 2010

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat meet at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Heat listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Hawks, while the game’s total is sitting at 188½.

The Hawks held off a late charge and defeated the Warriors 127-122 on Friday. The Hawks failed to cover the 13.5-point spread, while the teams played OVER the posted total of 212.5.

Josh Smith led the way with a team-high 29 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, while Al Horford added 23 in that win.

The Heat came through late in the game and held on to defeat the Lakers 114-111 on Thursday, as 5.5-point underdogs. The combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 188.5.

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 27 points and 14 assists, while Quentin Richardson added 25 points in that win.

Current streak:
Atlanta has won 4 straight games.
Miami has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 40-21 SU, 36-25 ATS
Miami: 31-31 SU, 31-30-1 ATS

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 7-3
After playing Golden State are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Miami most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Charlotte are 4-6
After playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Miami is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at New York, Monday, March 8
Miami at Charlotte, Tuesday, March 9

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