Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Miami Heat continue with their limited roster, as up to six players may miss this match.
- Despite their All-NBA trio, the Brooklyn Nets continue to struggle to find consistency.
- Can Kevin Durant get his Nets back on track against the stout defense of Bam Adebayo’s Heat?
Heat vs Nets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Miami Heat||+7.5 -110||O 234.5 -113||-530|
|Brooklyn Nets||-7.5 -110||U 234.5 -108||+390|
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Heat vs Nets Predictions and Picks
We can’t rightly expect the Miami Heat’s roaring offensive output to continue for another match against the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, the Nets need to merely adjust their defensive scheme in order to come away with another win.
Brooklyn Nets to Win (+390)
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How to Watch Heat vs Nets
|Heat vs Nets Information|
|What||Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets|
|Where||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY|
|When||7:30 PM EST, January 25th, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBATV|
Head-to-Head: Heat vs Nets
|Miami Heat||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|Erik Spoelstra||Head Coach||Steve Nash|
|6-9 (11th in East)||Standing||10-8 (5th in East)|
|108.3 (20th of 30)||Off Rtg||115.8 (3rd of 30)|
|112.1 (24th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.4 (26th of 30)|
|100.2 (16th of 30)||Pace||102.1 (5th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|B. Adebayo (20.3)||PPG||K. Durant (31.2)|
|B. Adebayo (8.9)||RPG||J. Harden (8.0)|
|B. Adebayo (5.5)||APG||J. Harden (12.0)|
|J. Butler (2.2)||SPG||J. Harden, K. Irving (1.2)|
|B. Adebayo (0.9)||BPG||K. Durant, D. Jordan (1.4)|
|C. Silva (.667)/B. Adebayo (7.3)||FG%/FGM||D. Jordan (.827)/K. Irving (11.0)|
|B. Adebayo, M. Harkless (.500)/D. Robinson (3.7)||3P%/3PM||T. Johnson (.600)/K. Irving (3.6)|
Miami’s Defence Needs Work
The odds are always going to be against the Heat if they can’t put together a defensive performance with more resistance.
In their last match against the Brooklyn Nets, the Heat were far from last year’s stalwart defense. They allowed the Nets to shoot 53.7% from the field as well as 51.4% from three-point range. To say the Heat failed defensively would be an understatement.
It’s difficult to blame the Heat who are missing six players from their lineup, but the Nets won’t pity them. Establishing a presence at the rim while also limiting the Nets from three will be their only way of competing in this match.
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A Rounded Effort
Despite the sheer star power on the Brooklyn Nets, they’ve struggled to find consistency since coming together. In their last win over the Brooklyn Nets, they saw some promise in a rounded effort from their team.
While the combination of Harden, Durant, and Irving combined for 71 points, the Nets supporting cast contributed 57 of their total 128.
Brooklyn are usually the favorite against most opponents, but their lack of consistency has made many big winners on the underdog. If Brooklyn continues their team-oriented approach, they can build off of their recent success.
Heat Key Player: (C) Bam Adebayo
The list of things Bam Adebayo “can’t do” is running out.pic.twitter.com/GXo35xVQN2
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 24, 2021
If there’s been one bright spot in the Heat’s disappointing early-season, it has been the performances of All-Star center Bam Adebayo. While the Heat continues to struggle, Adebayo is growing into a true superstar.
Adebayo is the only reason the Heat were competitive in their last match. He scored 41 points and contributed nine assists, five rebounds, and one steal.
Adebayo is one of the few Heat players that causes issues for the Nets on both ends of the court. If he can maintain his efficiency, and get some support from his teammates defensively, he might be able to lead them to victory.
Nets Key Player: (G) James Harden
Vol. 5’s hit different! pic.twitter.com/XiqgQDmeGW
— James Harden (@JHarden13) January 19, 2021
James Harden has taken a step back since joining the Brooklyn Nets but has been as brilliant as usual with lower usage. He’s averaging 23.5 points and 12.0 assists through his first five games in Brooklyn.
Harden struggled in his last outing against the Heat. He was just two of eight from the field and scored only 12 points while failing to his a three-point field goal.
While Harden’s scoring is his number one talent, he at least finds a way to contribute in other ways. He did have 11 assists on the game, despite his six turnovers. If Harden can find some scoring efficiency, and the Nets maintain their offensive threat, it’ll be a victory for Brooklyn.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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