When: 8:30 PM EST, March 4, 2021
Where: Smoothie Kind Center, New Orleans, LA
Point Spread: Pelicans -3.5
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 224.5
Road Record: 7-10
New Orleans Pelicans
Home Record: 10-8
Miami Heat Vs New Orleans Pelicans Game Day Preview
The Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans will go head-to-head for the first time since Christmas Day in which Miami won 111-98. Thursday night’s game will be the last game before the All-Star break for both teams.
The Miami Heat had a chance to get over the .500 mark last game, but lost against the Atlanta Hawks (94-80). It was a disappointing game, even without Jimmy Butler (knee). Bam Adebayo only had 11 points and 2 rebounds. Meanwhile, Miami’s leading scorer only had 14 points.
But Jimmy Butler is expected back on Thursday night. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald stated that Jimmy traveled to New Orleans with the team.
But Bam Adebayo has to have his “A” game against the Pelicans top defense. Adebayo has been averaging 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season. His main challenge on Thursday night would be to reduce the threat of Zion Williamson inside the paint.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have been an exciting team to watch this season. But they are coming off a 128-124 loss to the Chicago Bulls, a game in which the Pelicans were outrebounded 35-45. New Orleans allowed Chicago to claim 20 second-chance points, which ultimately lead to their loss.
Zion Williamson, who was named a 2021 All-Star reserve, will be the key player in Thursday night’s game. He is coming off a terrific month in which he averaged 27.3 PPG on a 64.7 FG% during the month of February. Zion is the first player to average 25+ points on 60% shooting in a month since Shaquille O’Neal in January 2005 (min 15 games).
Heat Vs Pelicans Facts
- Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game (Pelicans scored 124 in their previous game).
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
- Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings against New Orleans.
Miami Heat Vs New Orleans Pelicans Alternative Fantasy Basketball-Statement Games Picks
The below picks were made under the guidance of the NBA gurus at FL Teams
Heat 114 Pelicans 128
- 10 PT Pick: Lonzo Ball OVER 5.5 Assists
- 9 PT Pick: New Orleans Pelicans OVER 116.5 PTS
- 8 PT Pick: Zion Williamson OVER 28.5 PTS