Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers Betting Preview
The Los Angeles Clippers host the Miami Heat on Monday night in what could be a potential NBA Finals preview. Miami was in the NBA Finals a season ago, and the Clippers have what it takes to reach that stage this season.
Miami has gotten off to a very slow start this season, but they still have the talent to turn things around. The Heat are currently just 11-15 on the season but just recently had a four-game winning streak.
The Los Angeles Clippers are 20-8 to begin the season, and they are currently riding a three-game winning streak. Los Angeles has looked like an NBA Finals contender all season long, and they have played well under new head coach Ty Lue.
The Los Angeles Clippers are six-point favorites over the Miami Heat in this matchup.
Offense MIA For Miami
All of a sudden, the Miami Heat have become one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA. Injuries and COVID-19 related issues have hurt the scoring average, but Miami has struggled to score even when they are at full strength.
Miami is averaging just 106.2 points per game, and that has put too much pressure on their defense. The Heat are giving up just 109 points per game, but finding offense will be a huge key moving forward.
Center Bam Adebayo leads the team with 19.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, but he needs some help from his teammates. Jimmy Butler has chipped in with 19 points per game, but the Heat are looking for more perimeter scoring options moving forward.
Clippers Impressive on Both Ends
The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 115.8 points per game while holding opponents to just 108 points per game on the defensive end. This has allowed the Clippers to create plenty of separation, and they have earned several blowout wins.
Kawhi Leonard was forced to miss the most recent game with a leg contusion, and his status for this matchup could play a huge role in the outcome. Leonard leads the team with 26.7 points per game and takes most of the big shots for this team.
The Clippers are also one of the best shooting teams in the league, making over 42 percent of their three-point attempts. Paul George is averaging more than 24 points per game, and he is the best shooting option on this roster.
Heat Pull Off Upset
It remains to be seen if Kawhi Leonard will be able to suit up for this game, but that obviously will likely play a huge role in the outcome. The LA Clippers have been able to win without him before, but the Heat present a tough challenge.
The NBA typically produces some strange results each night, and there is a real upset potential in this game. Miami is in desperate need of a big win to start to turn their season around, and they should be able to get it against the Clippers.
Forget about the points and take the Miami Heat over the Los Angeles Clippers outright in this NBA showdown on Monday night.
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