Fade Nets vs. Heat in Game 2

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:29 PM GMT

Game 1 was a walk in the park for LeBron James and company, at least in the second half. The Heat will be hoping to dominate in similar fashion when they host the Nets as 7.5-point favorites in Game 2. Who will we be backing with our NBA picks tonight?

Odds Overview
Most sportsbooks have Miami favored by either 7.5 or 8 points. They easily covered in Game 1 in their 107-86 home win. 

The total has also stayed relatively the same as it was in the first meeting, with oddsmakers posting numbers in the range of 192 to 192.5.


Brooklyn Nets
The Nets hung around in the first half, as they were only down by three heading into halftime. They couldn't sustain the pressure after the break though and were outscored 61-43 in the last two quarters.

In all, Brooklyn shot 47.1 percent overall, 41.7 percent from three and 58.8 percent from the stripe. They had 13 turnovers in the loss.

Only three Nets players hit double figures in scoring and they were Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and then Marcus Thornton off the bench. Williams and Johnson led the way with 17 points apiece, with the two combining to shoot a very respectable 14-of-21 from the floor.

Changes are clearly going to have to be made if Brooklyn wants to make this a series. They were poor defensively, allowing Miami to shoot 56.8 percent overall, and they were massacred inside where they were outscored 52-28.

After running out of gas in Game 1, it'll be interesting to see what kind of adjustments rookie coach Jason Kidd makes for Game 2. Can Brooklyn give Miami a scare for the entire 48 minutes?


Miami Heat
Though they didn't exactly race out to a fast start, the Heat kept composed and eventually pulled away in the second half. 

This wasn't one of those games where LeBron takes over and does all of the scoring himself. He got a lot of help in Game 1, with five different players scoring in double figures.

LeBron paced Miami with a 22/5/3 line on 10-of-15 shooting, extremely efficient numbers, but Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen all came up big too.

Wade had 14 points, five assist,s four rebounds and two steals in the win, as Miami was +22 with him on the court. Bosh scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds and three assists, while Allen came off the bench to hit four threes and close with a 19/4/3 line. Chris Andersen provided his typical high-energy play with seven points, four boards and four blocks.

As we talked about earlier, the Heat were able to shoot over 50 percent in the win. If they continue to share the ball and lock down defensively like they did in the second half of Game 1, they're going to be incredibly hard to beat even once in this series.

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Game 2 Pick
Jordan Sharp thinks the UNDER has an excellent chance of hitting, as he sees adjustments being made on both sides and a hard-fought game on the agenda. 

However, I believe we should just keep riding the Heat, particularly after the dominance we saw out of them on both ends of the floor in Game 1. This team is obviously completely locked in right now and they're not messing around.

With that in mind, we're adding Miami on the spread as our favorite NBA pick for tonight's game in South Beach. Be on the lookout for another tremendously balanced performance from the two-time defending champions.

Pick: Heat -7.5