Bet Hawks vs. Heat 'Under' for NBA Picks

Monday, December 23, 2013 1:27 PM UTC

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

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.
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br />Let’s take a closer look at the </span><a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA odds available for every game" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em">NBA odds</a><span style="font-size:1em"> for this Eastern Conference matchup at AmericanAirlines Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.</span></p> <p><b>Moving the ball around</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Atlanta is 3-0 SUATS in its last three games, with the <a href="/nba-basketball/betting-stats/" title="Current NBA Team Stats" target="_blank">offense averaging 118.7 points over that span</a>.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Scoring at will</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Man in the middle</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><a href="" title="Share your thoughts with fellow bettors in our NBA Handicapping Forum" target="_blank">NBA handicappers</a> 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.</p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Final home game </b></p> <p>The Heat will be playing their final home game of the 2013 calendar year, which could have the <a href="/nba-basketball/news/nba-picks-miami-heat-2013-14-future-odds-a-33086/" title="NBA Picks: Miami Heat 2013-14 Future Odds" target="_blank">back-to-back NBA champs</a> motivated to play a full 48 minutes on the defensive end.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Miami is 13-2 SU at home during the 2013-14 campaign, including an 8-2 mark versus conference rivals.</p> <p>[gameodds]5/251030/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Prediction</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers look to tthe total with their <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA picks available daily" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>, as the UNDER is 20-7 in the Heat’s last 27 games versus a team with a winning record.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><strong>NBA Pick:</strong>  Under 205.5</p>
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