(15-8, 10-13 ATS)
Golden State Warriors
(8-14, 10-11-1 ATS)
The Miami Heat take their show on the road on Friday night to Oakland, where they will duke it out in NBA betting action with the Golden State Warriors.
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This road trip has gotten off to a great start for the Heat, as they have beaten down both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Utah Jazz by double digits. In fact, that’s six straight wins SU and five straight ATS, and all six victories for Miami have come by at least ten points. Something has absolutely woken up the Big Three for the Heat, as they are bringing their “A Game” each and every night, something that is bound to be very, very scary for the rest of the NBA. LeBron James is up to 24.1 points and 5.8 boards per game, and he is also the team’s top assist man at 7.3 per game and theft artist with 34 swipes. Dwyane Wade actually is averaging more steals per game at 1.5, and he is second on the team in scoring at 22.0 points per game. Chris Bosh is doing the work on the inside, averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as well. There is still a tremendous need for a bigger inside presence for the Heat, but they are going to have to deal with what they have for the time being unless there is another move to be made.
Golden State is once again a very respectable home team in the rough and tumble Western Conference, as it is 5-4 on the campaign there. There is a major problem right now trying to score victories anywhere right now, though, as it has only won once in its last ten games dating back to November 21st, and that win came against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves. Yikes. With this year’s first round draft choice, Ekpe Udoh already sidelined with a wrist injury, the Warriors got more bad news earlier this week when Stephen Curry was taken out with an ankle injury. He should be fine in the long run, but he isn’t expected to suit against the Heat. The good news is that Reggie Williams did come off the bench and score 31 in Curry’s absence against the San Antonio Spurs. The bad news is that Monta Ellis might have to be a one man machine to take care of Miami. Ellis is a great shooter, and he is averaging 24.5 point per game on the campaign, but he can’t do this by himself. Expect David Lee to have to come up in a big way and grab another double-double to have any hopes of taming Miami.
We would love to take the Warriors at home, and perhaps we would be on board if Curry were in the lineup. However, a very think Golden State team is just getting thinner by the moment, and when the bench has to be called upon, that’s when the big guns for Miami can really shine. The Heat make it seven straight double digit victories on Friday night.
NBA Free Pick: Miami Heat -9