Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans: 12/25/2020 Betting Trends, Computer Picks, Odds, Line and Preview

Written by on December 24, 2020

The New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) are 5-point underdogs on Christmas Day when they visit the Miami Heat (0-1), tipping at 12:00 PM at American Airlines Arena ET on ESPN. The point total for the matchup is 226.

Betting Information

Heat vs Pelicans Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Heat -5 -110 -110 226 -110 -110
Place a bet on Miami Heat or the New Orleans Pelicans for Friday’s game.

Head to Head

Miami has come out on top in six of its last 10 head-to-head meetings with New Orleans.

Heat vs Pelicans in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
3/6/2020 Pelicans Pelicans -1.5 231.5 -120 101 Regular Season 110-104 NO
11/16/2019 Heat Heat -8 225.5 -365 289 Regular Season 109-94 MIA
12/16/2018 Pelicans Regular Season 102-96 MIA
11/30/2018 Heat Regular Season 106-101 MIA
2/23/2018 Pelicans Regular Season 124-123 NO
12/23/2017 Heat Regular Season 109-94 NO
3/15/2017 Heat Regular Season 120-112 MIA
12/23/2016 Pelicans Regular Season 91-87 NO
3/22/2016 Pelicans Regular Season 113-99 MIA
12/25/2015 Heat Regular Season 94-88 MIA
  • 3/6/2020 DNP – Heat: Tyler Herro; Pelicans: JJ Redick
  • 11/16/2019 DNP – Heat: Goran Dragic; Pelicans: Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, JJ Redick, Lonzo Ball
  • Heat Betting Information

    • Against the spread, Miami was strong last season, posting a 51-39-3 record.
    • The Heat fared well when favored by at least 5 points, posting a 19-11-1 record against the spread.
    • In 52 of 93 (55.9%) contests last season, Miami and its opponents hit the over.
    Bet on the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship.

    Pelicans Betting Information

    • New Orleans had an even record against the spread, going 34-34-4 ATS.
    • The Pelicans fared well as a 5-point underdog, going 8-2-1 against the spread when they were at least 5-point underdogs.
    • New Orleans and its opponents hit the over in more than half of their matchups last year — 38 of 72 (52.8%).
    Bet on the New Orleans Pelicans to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • The Heat and their opponents scored at least 226 points — this matchup’s over/under — in 38 of 94 opportunities (40.4%) last year.
    • New Orleans played in 46 games last season (out of 72 total matchups — 63.9% of opportunities) where they combined with their opponents to score more than 226 points.
    • Opponents of these teams averaged a combined 226 points per game last season, which equals the over/under for this game.
    • The average point total for Heat games last year was 5.6 fewer points than the over/under of 226 in this matchup.
    • The average total for Pelicans games last season was seven more points than the point total of 226 for this outing.
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    Heat Leaders

    • Jimmy Butler scored 19.9 points per game and dished out 6.0 assists per outing last season.
    • Bam Adebayo averaged 10.2 rebounds per game.
    • Duncan Robinson was prolific from the three-point line a season ago, connecting on 3.7 per game.
    • Butler nicked 1.8 steals per game. Adebayo collected 1.3 blocks an outing.

    Pelicans Leaders

    • Brandon Ingram averaged 23.8 points per game last season.
    • Lonzo Ball collected 7.0 assists per game and Steven Adams grabbed 9.2 rebounds per matchup.
    • JJ Redick made 3.0 threes per game a season ago.
    • Ball collected 1.4 per game. Adams averaged 1.1 blocks an outing.
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