HAWKS VS HEAT PICK AND PREVIEW
The Atlanta Hawks (14-20) will be taking on the Miami Heat (17-17) for a second straight game at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat was able to beat the Hawks 109-99 without their best defensive player Jimmy Butler due to a swollen knee.
The Hawks had a terrible night on and off the court Sunday. Star point guard Trae Young only went 3-14 from the field and had seven turnovers. After being defeated, the Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce. The assistant coach Nate McMillian has been named the interim head coach.
Let’s dive deep into the Hawks vs Heat pick and preview.
A Look at the Hawks
The Hawks played hard against the Heat in Sunday’s game and closed down a 14 point lead in the 4th quarter. Sadly for them, they made some foolish mistakes and turnovers towards the end of the game, costing them the win.
The Hawks as a team had thirteen turnovers, and more than half of those belonged to Trae Young. Unlike the Heat, they also had fifteen fouls who showed concentration and control with only three turnovers and five fouls.
The Hawks are currently sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. They have gone 4-11 straight up and 5-10 against the spread in February, pushing the Hawks to make a switch in the coaching position.
Besides all the losses they have received, Trae Young and Clint Capela have solid, consistent numbers all season. Trae is averaging 26.5 points, 9.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. Capela is averaging 14.9 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks.
Last season Trae scored a career-high 50 points against the Heat, but that is the only game against the Heat where he has performed well. If you remove this game Trae’s seven other games versus the Heat, he averaged only 16.4 points on 38.1% shooting and 35.8% from beyond the arc.
Atlanta Hawks Projected Lineup
Trae Young (G), Kevin Huerter (G), Tony Snell (F), John Collins (F), Clint Capela (C)
A Look at the Heat
The Heat have found their rhythm after a tough start to the season and are now sitting in fifth place in the East.
Jimmy Butler has a swollen knee and may be sitting out this game as well, but that shouldn’t fluster the Miami Heat as Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 assists, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.
It would be nice for the Heat to have Butler on the court as he has been averaging 22.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 9.1 assists, and 1.7 steals in his last 10 games. If Butler is cleared to play, Trae Young and the Hawks are going to have to their best defense all season to stop Jimmy Butler.
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Miami Heat Projected lineup
Kendrick Nunn (G), Duncan Robinson (G), Jimmy Butler (F), Kelly Olynyk (F), Bam Adebayo (C)
The Heat are on a roll, winning seven of their last ten games, and are on a six-game winning streak. They are averaging 26.1 assists per game, ranking them as the fourth-best ball-sharing team in the Eastern Conference.
Opposite of the Heat, the Atlanta Hawks have been terrible. They have lost the last 10 of their 14 games and are missing some key players. The Miami Heat will be taking home the victory on Tuesday.
The Heat is a money line favorite of -150. The spread is -3.5 (-110) for the Heat, and the Over/Under is 222.5 (-110). According to Pregame.com, three-fourths of the money is wagered on the over even though Sundays went under by 16.5 points.
Tuesdays Over/Under initially came out as 220.5, and then the market bumped it up two points. Suppose the market isn’t concerned about Sunday’s low-scoring game, then why should anyone else? I would place a bet on the spread for the Heat and on the over for the game.
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