Add Nuggets -5.5 Over Heat to Your NBA Picks

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 6:18 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 6:18 PM UTC

Hoping to end a growing losing streak, the Nuggets welcome a Miami team playing their second game in as many nights. Come find out why we like the value on Denver here on Wednesday night.

Odds Overview
Oddsmakers like the Nuggets in this situation and we don't blame them. Denver has had an extra day of rest, while Miami will playing their third game in four nights.

Currently, the NBA odds board shows the Nuggets laying 5.5 points. A good deal of offense is expected, as evident by the O/U of 204 points.


Denver Nuggets
The rollercoaster of a season for the Nuggets has continued. There have been lengthy winning and losing streaks already for Denver, who come in having lost four consecutive games.

The recent setbacks have put the Nuggets at 9-12 overall and will surely have them focused as can be for this visit of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the Heat. Denver was last in action Monday in a 112-107 overtime loss in Toronto, a game in which the Nuggets had plenty of chances to grab a win.

There were a number of standout individual performances for Denver, but it's hard to ignore Ty Lawson's showing. He had 22 points,12 assists, six rebounds and two steals. Arron Afflalo added 25 points, Wilson Chandler had a 18/6/3 line with three steals, and Timofey Mozgov posted 15 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

The main problem for Denver this season has been their defense, as they've had little trouble scoring the rock. While they're eighth in the NBA offensively (103.5 PPG), they've been dreadful on the other end of the floor, allowing an average of 105.8 points per game, the 27th-best mark in the league. 


Miami Heat
Desperate for a win after dropping four in a row, the Heat responded by beating a good Phoenix team 103-97 last night.

It was the Chris Bosh throughout in Miami's win, as he tortured the Suns time and time again. He finished with 34 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while hitting on 14-of-21 shots with four threes in all. Luol Deng went for 23 points, Dwyane Wade had 16/6/5, and both of the other starters, Norris Cole and Josh McRoberts, each hit double figures as well. It was a great team effort from a team that needed a positive outcome and got one.

That's not to say Miami doesn't have things they can work on. Overall, the Heat sit at 10-11 on the year, which funnily enough is still good for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Truth be told, we're still figuring out this team and want to see how they perform at full strength - until then, they're going to be a risky proposition when it comes to handicapping.

Unlike the Nuggets, the Heat have been better defensively than on the offensive end, so it'll be an interesting battle tonight in Denver. Miami could really use another win to boost their confidence and get themselves going, but the Nuggets will be highly motivated to get back that winning feeling.


NBA Pick
Miami did pick up a nice win last night, but the overall results haven't been much to write home about. Getting this team fully healthy and on the same page may take some more time.

We also think that extra day of rest will play a big part and be a significant advantage for the Nuggets in this one, especially since a fast pace is expected.

So while the Nuggets have been struggling, we expect a bounce-back performance tonight and think they'll be ending their losing streak. They should be able to get past a tired Heat team that's still trying to find its stride. Most of Denver's struggles have come on the road, so we'll be on the lookout for them to protect their home court in style tonight, making them our best bet with our NBA picks.

Free NBA Picks: Denver Nuggets -5.5 at 5Dimes

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