Add Heat -2 to NBA Picks Monday vs. Nets

Monday, May 12, 2014 2:06 PM UTC

Monday, May. 12, 2014 2:06 PM UTC

The Nets showed signs of life in Game 3 and have made this series much more interesting in the process. They'll be at home again in Game 4 tonight, but LeBron and the Heat will enter as the NBA betting favorites. What NBA play intrigues us most?
<p><b style="font-size:1em">Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Depending on which sportsbook you use, the <a target="_blank" title="Read our handicapper's analysis of the NBA Odds" href="/picks/nba/">NBA betting lines</a> can be found at either 2 or 2.5 points, with the two-time defending champions favored. The total for Game 4 is holding steady at 188, though there's still time for movement ahead of tipoff.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">[gameodds]5/286090/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span><b style="font-size:1em">Miami Heat<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Throughout the first half, you got the feeling <a title="Is LeBron the best player in the NBA?" href="">LeBron was going to have one of his killer all-around games</a> and carry the Heat on his back to victory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"> </span><span style="font-size:1em">However, it didn't pan out that way. Miami was right there in the first half, but fell apart in the third quarter and couldn't really recover.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"> </span><span style="font-size:1em">As a team the Heat shot 45.6 percent overall, 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from three and 80.0 percent (20-of-25) from the line. They were killed on the glass (27-43), with LeBron the only member of Miami to grab more than five rebounds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">In all, LeBron posted a 28/8/5 line, with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combining for 32 points. No other Heat player hit double figures though – after Ray Allen made big impacts in the first two games of the series, he fell back down to earth with only nine points in Game 3.</span></p> <p><b></b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Despite losing, there was something about the way Miami walked off the court that made us think they'll be out for blood in Game 4. They let the Nets have one, but we don't expect a similar outcome in the Barclays Center tonight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Brooklyn Nets<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Brooklyn's offense finally woke up in Game 3.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Nets were on fire, especially from beyond the arc where they were 15-of-25. Joe Johnson, Mirza Teletovic, Paul Pierce and Alan Anderson all hit multiple threes in the victory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Johnson finished with a team-high 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-of-7 3PT) and also had six assists and three rebounds. Pierce, Teletovic, Shaun Livingston, Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche all scored in double figures as well. Deron Williams scored nine points (3-of-11 FG) with 11 assists in close to 40 minutes of action.</span></p> <p><b></b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The bench, as you can see, came up big for Brooklyn, totaling 40 points in the Game 3 win. Everyone's going to have to step up once again in Game 4 in order to keep the pressure on the Heat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">With that victory (both straight up and against the spread) two nights ago, the Nets have now gone 5-2 SU and ATS in seven meetings against Miami in the regular season and playoffs. Quite the record, but the playoffs have been different and the Heat will be hungry as ever here this evening. <a target="_blank" title="Chat with player's who are backing the Nets Game 4" href="">Can the Nets show up and put up a fight once again?</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Game 4 Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="Read Sharp's reasoning behind his NBA Pick Heat vs. Nets" href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-heat-vs-nets-game-4/39484/">Jordan Sharp has broken down this game</a> and feels there's value in taking the 'over' again. We saw much better ball movement out of the Nets in Game 3 and he's thinking that will carry over into tonight's contest.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>We like the look of that play, but in the end we are confident in <a target="_blank" title="Read who we picked to win the NBA Playoff Series Heat vs. Nets" href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-nets-vs-heat-series-price-odds/39314/">Miami's ability to silence the Brooklyn</a> crowd tonight.<b></b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Nets seemingly couldn't miss in Game 3 and we don't foresee them having that kind of success again. The Heat know how important it could be to avoid a long, drawn out series, and so <a target="_blank" title="Join other bettors and give your opinion on Game 4 Nets vs. Heat" href="">we're of the belief they'll come out even more focused</a> than normal.</span></p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Heat -2 (and lean 'over')</p>
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