When: 8:00 PM EST, January 23, 2021
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Point Spread: Nets -8.5
OVER/UNDER Game Total: OFF
Road Record: 2-5
Home Record: 7-4
Miami Heat Vs Brooklyn Nets Game Day Preview
The two top teams in the Eastern Conference go head to head in a well-awaited matchup on Saturday night. On paper the Brooklyn Nets are an unstoppable force with the new “Big 3” that consists of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, but never count out Miami and their depth.
The Miami Heat make their way to Brooklyn with four losses in its past six games. The Heat have been without Jimmy Butler (health and safety protocols) for the past six games, and he will be out Saturday.
Without Butler again, the Heat endured their second-worst loss of the season last night in Toronto. They shot 42.9 percent, committed 19 turnovers, and trailed by 17 after the opening quarter before tying the game briefly in the third quarter.
“Having to fight back from 21 is not easy,” Miami center Bam Adebayo said. “When you expend so much energy fighting back, trying to battle back from 21, you run out of gas. But it’s no excuse. We were right there. We should have got it done.”
Brooklyn returns home after allowing 272 points in two straight losses to the Cavaliers. Of those points, 134 came in the paint, which according to ESPN Stats and Info is its most points allowed in the paint in a two-game span in the last 25 seasons. The Nets absorbed a 147-135 double-overtime loss Wednesday when they got 96 points from Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, and then lost control in the third quarter of a 125-113 loss Friday.
In their latest loss, the Nets were without Kevin Durant, who rested after playing 50 minutes Wednesday, and allowed 70 points inside. Brooklyn also was outrebounded by a whopping 62-32 margin and took their second straight loss following a four-game winning streak.
The Nets have scored at least 110 points in a team-record 11 straight games, but they are allowing 116.4 points, and Friday’s loss marked the sixth time they allowed at least 120.
“We’ve just got to find a way to play harder, dig deeper,” Nets coach Steve Nash. “We’re not a defensive roster. We have to take more pride in it. We have to win more 50-50 (balls), contest shots, fight, scrap, claw. That’s what I think is missing as much as anything schematic. We’ve got a lot of things to work on. There’s a lot to clean up.”
Heat Vs Nets Facts
- Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Nets are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn.
Miami Heat Vs Brooklyn Nets Alternative Fantasy Basketball-Statement Games Picks
The below picks were made under the guidance of the NBA gurus at FL Teams
Heat 110 Nets 123
- 10 PT Pick: James Harden OVER 26.5 PTS
- 9 PT Pick: Miami Heat 3 PT Percentage UNDER 34.5 %
- 8 PT Pick: Brooklyn Nets OVER 115.5 PTS