For tonight’s NBA games, we take a look at a close matchup that is bound to be exciting. This is because basketball betting fans get see an NBA East versus West matchup with a lot of tension. For this game, the Miami Heat are on the road to take on the Dallas mavericks. Can the Heat win the game despite not having the home advantage? Lets see what our basketball handicappers have to say with their Heat vs Mavericks Betting Pick and prediction.
According to basketball news sites, Miami with a 25-21 record have a slight advantage of Dallas. Therefore, most online sports betting sites have Miami with a -1 pointspread and a -115 moneyline. However, we saw a lot of betting odds changes as the opening spread for Miami originally began at +105.
Needless to say, it looks like the betting public has a lot of different opinion about this matchup. Therefore, the sportsbooks have been changing the lines a lot to keep betting even on both sides.
Heat vs Mavericks Betting Prediction and Analysis for 01/20/2023
For this NBA game, Dallas will be hosting Miami on their home territory at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Mavericks have won 16 of their 23 home games currently rank 18 in the NBA in terms of offense. At the moment, they average 112.9 points per game and are trying to build a quality roster around Luka Doncic.
During their last game, Dallas lost 130-122 at home against Atlanta and were struggling on their defense. During that game, Atlanta was able to convert 49 of 86 tries from the field. In addition, The Mavericks got 21 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 31 in that matchup.
Then, we have the Miami Heat who have won 7 of their last 10 games and have a current 25-21 record. Furthermore, in the Eastern Conference ranking, they are holding their own and are even with the Knicks for sixth place.
Last Wednesday, Miami won against the Pelicans with a final score of 124-98 while on the road. Needless to say, it was a blowout game with Miami holding on to a 13 point lead after the first quarter. Bam Adebayo, the top scorer for Miami, averaging 21.5 points per game did well against the Pelicans with 26 points. Jimmy Butler also did his share of the work during that matchup with 18 points and 7 assists.
Miami tends to play at a slower pace averaging 109.2 points per game with 97.0 possessions per game. Despite these low numbers, they have been able to put together a strong offensive attack. Furthermore, they have a strong defense only allowing 105.57 points per game.
Heat vs Mavericks Betting Pick
Game time: 01/20/2023 at 7:30 PM EDT
Bet on Miami Heat at -1
The Dallas mavericks began as the favorite team because they have the home advantage. However, they continue to underachieve and have lost their last 5 games by an average of 10 points. If Dallas wants a chance of winning, Luka Doncic will have to increase his offensive game.
Those who bet on basketball know that Miami is having a great season and are heading in the right direction. In addition, they are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against teams with winning records. For tonight’s game, we predict the Miami Heat will win with a final score of 112-105.