Bet Hawks vs. Heat 'Under' for NBA Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 23, 2013 1:27 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 1:27 PM GMT

The Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat are both clicking on the offensive end, but that may change when the two rivals face off Monday night. Find out why we have decided to look at the total with our NBA picks tonight.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this Eastern Conference matchup at AmericanAirlines Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Moving the ball around 

Atlanta is 3-0 SUATS in its last three games, with the offense averaging 118.7 points over that span

The Hawks are averaging a NBA-best 25.6 assists this season—a number that has reached 34.7 over the team’s current winning streak.

It’s important to point out that the franchise has dropped its last eight games in this series—scoring just 87.6 points a contest in the last seven in that situation. 

Scoring at will

Miami is also playing great offensive basketball in putting together a four-game winning streak, which includes a 122-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings as 10-point home favorites last Friday. 

The Heat’s Big Three are all averaging 15 or more points per game, with forward LeBron James leading the way in scoring 24.9 points a contest.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 34-8 SU and 25-17 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points.

Man in the middle 

NBA handicappers need to take a long look at the Hawks in this affair, considering the road team has covered the number in nine of the last 12 meetings, while the UNDER is on a 21-7 run in the series.

Atlanta center Al Horford will need to have a huge offensive performance in the paint in hopes of pulling off an upset, as he’s averaging 23.6 points on 65.1 percent shooting over the last five games. 

Final home game 

The Heat will be playing their final home game of the 2013 calendar year, which could have the back-to-back NBA champs motivated to play a full 48 minutes on the defensive end. 

Miami is 13-2 SU at home during the 2013-14 campaign, including an 8-2 mark versus conference rivals.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers look to tthe total with their NBA picks, as the UNDER is 20-7 in the Heat’s last 27 games versus a team with a winning record. 

NBA Pick:  Under 205.5

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