LA Clippers vs Miami Heat: Predictions, Odds, and How to Watch

WSN picks the LA Clippers to defeat Miami Heat.

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How to Watch

What: LA Clippers at Miami Heat

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

When: Friday, 24 January 2020, 8:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Prime Ticket | WAXY 790 AM / S: WAQI 710 AM, AM 570 LA Sports

LA Clippers (Away)

Head Coach: Doc Rivers {All-Time 925-371 | ORL, BOS, LAC}

Season Record: 31-13

Projected Starting Five: (G) Patrick Beverley – (G) Paul George – (F) Kawhi Leonard – (F) Maurice Harkless – (C) Ivica Zubac

Top Performers:

  • (F) Kawhi Leonard – 32.2 MPG | 27.1 PPG | 7.4 RPG | 5.0 APG
  • (G) Paul George – 30.7 MPG | 23.5 PPG | 6.0 RPG | 1.5 APG
  • G) Lou Williams – 30.0 MPG | 19.9 PPG | 6.1 APG | .380 3P%

The LA Clippers are finding their way back to the top of the Western Conference. After a difficult run with injuries, they are just 3.5 games back of the Los Angeles Lakers who have been dominating the NBA to this point.

LA’s maturity is shining through in recent matches. Against the Dallas Mavericks, they rolled with every punch and were able to pull out a nervy win in the end due to the stellar play of Kawhi Leonard.

The Clippers come up against a team in the Miami Heat that is just as adept defensively as them. LA will have to have their offensive gameplan organized if they hope to take down the surging Heat.

Miami Heat (Home)

Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra {All-Time 553-376 | MIA}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kendrick Nunn – (G) Duncan Robinson – (F) Jimmy Butler – (F) Meyers Leonard – (C) Bam Adebayo

Season Record: 30-13

Top Performers:

  • (F) Jimmy Butler – 35.0 MPG | 20.2 PPG | 7.0 RPG | 6.4 APG
  • (G) Kendrick Nunn – 30.7 MPG | 16.3 PPG | 3.6 APG | .533 eFG%
  • (C) Bam Adebayo – 34.5 MPG | 16.0 PPG | 10.5 RPG | 4.7 APG

The Miami Heat have hit a bit of a rough patch due to some health issues, but they are still in the top tier of the Eastern Conference. The Heat will be enjoying the second game of a four-game homestand when they face the Clippers.

Miami has gotten by this season on the back of its incredible offensive efficiency. While they don’t play at an incredible pace, their ability to shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and stop even the toughest of attacks, the Heat have proven themselves to be real title contenders.

When the Heat take on the Clippers, they’ll have to prove that they can score enough to take down one of the leagues best two-way sides. Miami will be contending with some of the league’s best defenders in Patrick Beverly, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard. Whether or not their young side can handle the pressure is the question.

What’s At Stake?

The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers have met 61 times over the course of their regular-season history. The Heat lead the Clippers 36-25.

A win for the LA Clippers would bring them within one game of the first place spot in the Western Conference.

A win for the Miami Heat would give them a 1.5 game lead over the Toronto Raptors who trail them in third place.

Questions to answer

Can the LA Clippers play to their advantages?

Will the Miami Heat be able to lock-in for the entire match?

We are going to compare the LA Clippers and the Miami Heat in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

LAC: Work Where You’re Strongest

The LA Clippers may live in the glitz and glamour of the Los Angeles market, but they’ve brought a surprisingly blue-collar approach to how they win games. While shooting threes and creating spectacular dunks are commonplace for the Clips, they thrive where work is the toughest.

The Clippers rank third in the NBA in rebounds per game, fourth in defensive rebounds per game, and second in offensive rebounds per game. Much of that is via the energy-ridden Montrezl Harrell. But contributions from Zubac (6.9 RPG), Green (6.5 RPG), George (6.0 RPG), Beverley (6.0 RPG), and the Board Man himself Kawhi Leonard (7.4 RPG) help solidify their effort in games.

The Heat are nowhere near their league when it comes to the glass and protecting the paint. While Bam Adebayo is a brute in the paint, the team rebounding effort of the Clippers makes up for the skill of one man. Winning the glass is and will always be priority one for LA to win their match.

MIA: Who Can Step Up?

It is easy for opponents to overlook the Miami Heat’s bench unit, but it is they who reinforce their play when the starters hit the bench. While players are struggling with injuries at the moment, their bench production will be key to their success.

In an overtime win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, the reserve unit was the reason for their success. 74 of the Miami Heat’s 134 points in the overtime win came from the bench units. Let by rookie Tyler Herro, who contributed 25 points on 8-14 shooting, the Heat was able to stave off the hot-shooting Wizards.

Scoring is more than necessary against the LA Clippers. Their long and versatile defense ensures that the Miami Heat must capitalize on possessions. Their range and ball movement are the most valuable assets in their offense. It is their best chance of beating LA’s backline.

LAC: Stay Long, Stay Strong

The LA Clippers are rife with fantastic defenders. Between Paul George, Patrick Beverley, and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers have one of the most fearsome wing defense trios in the league. Their ability to defend the three-point line will be essential to their success against the Heat.

Erik Spoelstra has his Miami Heat play a deliberate and calculated offensive game. While they rank at the bottom of the NBA in field-goals attempted, they are second in three-point percentage and fourth in overall field-goal percentage.

Defending the ball is important. Defending the pass and the second pass will be more essential for the Clippers to succeed. LA is in the bottom third of the NBA in three-point percentage allowed. Forcing tough shots and limiting the Heat to single opportunities on offense is key to their success.

MIA: Don’t Take Your Foot Off the Gas

When the Miami Heat played the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, it was projected to be a simple victory for the Eastern Conference leaders. Such a night didn’t come to pass.

After leading the game at halftime 69 to 50, the Miami Heat came out of the break lethargic. Missed rotations, slow closeouts, and a lack of interest stopping offensive rebounds keyed the Wizards run. Up 19, the Heat gave up the lead and were forced into overtime.

Miami can’t afford such complacency against the LA Clippers. LA is just as capable as the Wizards offensively and is a significantly greater defensive threat to the Heat’s scoring ability. Against the Clippers, Miami needs to lock in for all four quarters.

LA Clippers Roster Notes

(G) Patrick Beverly – 21 Jan 2020 – Day To Day (Sore Right Groin) – Beverley left Tuesday’s (Jan. 21) game with a sore right groin and will not return according to the Clippers.

(G) Paul George – 21 Jan 2020 – Day To Day (Hamstring) – George did not play in Tuesday’s (Jan. 20) game.

Miami Heat Roster Notes

(F) Jimmy Butler – 21 Jan 2020 – Day To Day (Hip) – Butler is probable for Wednesday’s (Jan. 22) game against the Wizards.

(G) Goran Dragic – 21 Jan 2020 – Day To Day (Right Knee Bruise) – Dragic is probable for Wednesday’s (Jan. 22) game against the Wizards.

(G) Duncan Robinson – 21 Jan 2020 – Day To Day (Right Ankle Sprain) – Robinson is questionable for Wednesday’s (Jan. 22) game against the Wizards.

(F) Justise Winslow – 17 Jan 2020 – Out (Back) – Winslow will miss the next two weeks, according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

Head-to-Head: (C) Montrezl Harrell vs (C) Bam Adebayo

The matchup in the middle is one to watch when the Miami Heat and the LA Clippers face off. Montrezl Harrell is the definition of a quality energy player, capable of taking down a team with his effort alone. On the other side, Bam Adebayo has shown a surprising all-around game that is helping his side to victory.

(C) Montrezl Harrell (6-7, 240lb (201cm, 108kg) | Louisville | 4 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2026LAC4328.719.17.21.8.574.000

 

Montrezl Harrell would be a shoo-in for the Sixth Man of the Year if teammate Lou Williams wasn’t on his side. Harrell is the best energy big man in the league, showing a relentlessness on the boards that more than makes up for his size at times.

If Harrell has shown issues it has been when he faces off with long, athletic big men. Against Kristaps Porzingis and Boban Marjanovic, Harrell struggled to finish in the paint. His inability to shoot from range only worsened his presence on the court. To beat the Heat, Harrell will have to take advantage of Adebayo in the paint and defend Olynyk and Leonard on the perimeter.

(C) Bam Adebayo (6-9, 255lb (206cm, 115kg) | Kentucky | 2 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2022MIA4334.516.010.54.7.590.100

 

Bam Adebayo stepped up this season. In the running for the Most Improved Player of the Year award, Adebayo has improved his contributions across all statistical categories.

Adebayo is more of an inside presence, allowing teammates like Olynyk and Leonard to space on the outside. He’ll have to use his improved passing ability and present strength and hustle to exploit the slow-footedness of Harrell.

LA Clippers at Miami Heat Predictions and Odds

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Why the LA Clippers Will Win

The LA Clippers have the scoring punch to run the Miami Heat out of the gym. Kawhi Leonard has been on a tear putting the ball in the basket, and his ability orchestrating the Clippers offence has been masterful in the absence of George. Combined with their defence, the Clippers might have too much firepower for the Heat to manage.

Why the Miami Heat Will Win

The Miami Heat need to control the glass if they hope to defeat the LA Clippers. The combination of Harrell and Zubac is tough to manage for any team. Miami has some finesse big men who need to support Bam Adebayo in the paint if they hope to take a victory.

WSN’s Pick

The LA Clippers’ talent and current form project to be too much for the Heat to handle. Despite the Heat’s run, the Clippers’ defence is something the Heat will struggle to overcome.

WSN Picks: LA Clippers defeat Miami Heat

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Money Line

SportsbookClippersHeat
SugarHouse NJ-136+115
DraftKings-136+115
888Sport NJ-136+115

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