Miami Heat NBA Betting odds

How to Bet Miami Heat vs NO Pelicans NBA Odds

Written by on March 21, 2016

The Miami Heat will look to stay on beat and build on their impressive blowout win over Cleveland this past weekend when they take on a New Orleans Pelicans team that could be without superstar team leader Anthony Davis for the remainder of the regular season. With that in mind, let’s check the NBA betting odds and find out if the Heat will get the ‘W’ in this one.

How to Bet Miami Heat vs NO Pelicans NBA Odds

When: Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 PM on Where: Smoothie King Center TV: FSNO, SUN

Why Bet the Miami Heat

Miami (40-29 SU, 36-32-1 ATS) has alternated SU wins and losses over their last seven games but looks like a great pick in this contest after watching them absolutely destroy LeBron James and the Cavs in their overpowering 122-101 win on Friday as a 4-point home dog no less. Dwayne Wade scored a team-high 24 points while Goran Dragic and Joe Johnson both added 18 points and high-flying rookie Josh Richardson, 19 points. Athletic center Hassan Whiteside added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Why Bet the New Orleans Pelicans

Even without Anthony Davis, the Pelicans (26-43 SU, 29-40 ATS) have won two of its last three games and managed to pick up a fine, 109-105 win over the Clippers on Sunday to cash in as a 10-point home underdog. Davis, a three-time NBA All-Star, will miss the remainder of the season due to knee and shoulder injuries that both require surgery, coach Alvin Gentry said before Sunday’s game against the Clippers.   “We’re going to shut him down, so he’s done for the year,” Gentry said.   He Pelicans placed six players in double digits in scoring and got a team-high 22 points from former all-star guard Jrue Holiday in the win.   “It was just that a lot of people were going to have to step up again,” said Holiday, who had eight assists and scored six points in the final four minutes. “It’s just like coach said, ‘It’s like the Alamo,’ even though I’m not even sure who won there. They might have 14 healthy guys, but as long as we have five guys on the court, ready to play, we always give ourselves a chance to win.”

Expert Score and Final Prediction

While the Miami Heat have gone 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games, the New Orleans Pelicans are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning straight up record, 2-5 ATS in their L/7 games overall and  0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win.   Still, with the home team in this rivalry going 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and Miami being just 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 road games against New Orleans, I like the Pelicans to get the ATS cover at the very least, likely as a near double-digit underdog.   My final score prediction is Miami 98 New Orleans 95