The Miami Heat are back at home on Friday night, as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at around 8 pm Eastern Time. The Heat are looking to keep their four-game home streak going, winning four out of the last five games, overall, when you include the away defeat at the hands of Atlanta.
Here are a few guys to watch out for in this one though.
Players To Watch
Jimmy Butler and Duncan Robinson have been lighting up the court for the Miami Heat recently. Butler is coming off back-to-back 20-point performances against the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, while Robinson is coming off back-to-back 25-point performances as well.
These two are the main reason that the Heat have been able to start off hot on offense, while also playing a huge factor down the stretch. Tyler Herro, who came back to the Heat lineup after being out, should continue to be a huge factor as well.
P.J. Tucker will look to continue being hot from behind the three-point arc, leading the league in shooting percentage from range. Both men are coming off 20 point performances as well, but will it be enough when going up against a more efficient defense like the Clippers?
Here are a few keys to the game for Miami.
The Miami Heat are streaking at home and sitting atop the Eastern Conference. Can they keep the four-game home streak alive against the Clippers on Friday?
Keys To The Game For The Miami Heat
1. Stay Out Of Foul Trouble: Miami had 23 fouls against the Knicks and though a lot of them were questionable, Miami has to be careful down the stretch of games.
2. Keep Playing Hard-Nose Defense: Miami has got to keep its defense going strong. They have to continue to capitalize on the opposition’s mistakes, keeping their steals, blocks, rebounding tallies up on that end.
3. Close Games Strongly And For Good: Miami has some trouble when it comes to closing out games. They need to be on point and finish strong in the 4th quarter, as it’ll take that to win a title.
Let’s check out what the people in Vegas have to say on this one.
Miami Heat vs LA Clippers Odds, Analysis, & Information
Moneyline: MIA -260 LA +210
Spread: MIA -6.5
The Miami Heat will have home-court advantage for the third game in the row and are taking on a Clippers team that is hurting badly. Missing Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the Miami Heat should pounce on them early to handle their business.
Final Score Prediction: Miami Heat 119-100
This should be an interesting contest, but another victory for the home team.