NBA Odds & Predictions: Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors Friday February 10th, 2019
Golden State Looks to Keep Rolling as They Host Struggling Miami
The Golden State Warriors are coming off a 117-107 win over Phoenix on Friday. It was their third straight victory and 16th in their last 18 games.
Sunday night they’ll host the Miami Heat who were 102-96 losers to Sacramento on Friday. It was their four loss in five games.
The Warriors stayed put at the trade deadline, comfortable with the five All-Star caliber players that form their starting lineup and their playoff tested support staff.
In Friday’s win over the Suns Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 25 points. It was the third straight game that he was Golden State’s scoring leader. And considering they have two of the best ever, in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, it says something about how dangerous this team is on any given night.
Curry’s shooting has been in a bit of a slump of late, but he still ended with 20 points against Phoenix, scoring ten in the fourth. Each of the starting five had at least 13 points in the win.
Miami’s offense has been sputtering for most of the season and after a surprise 118-108 win in Portland to kick off this six-game road trip, they were back to their old ways on Friday.
The Hear actually come out strong looking to build off their previous win, but they eventually ran out of gas -or shots- in the fourth quarter. They led the Kings by as many as 11 in the final frame, but the Kings got hot and limited Miami to just 13 points on their way to a 102-96 win.
Miami is 4-8 in their last 12 games averaging 99.4 PPG and allowing 105.2 PPG. Eight of those have been road games where they are 4-4 averaging 101.9 PPG and allowing 104.1 PPG
Golden State is averaging 126.4 PPG in their last 18 games and allowing 111.0 PPG over that stretch. They are 5-2 at home in that period averaging 129.9 PPG and allowing 113.6 PPG.
Golden State is -14.5 point favorites and the over/under is 222 points. While I certainly don’t expect the Heat to keep up offensively, they are one of the best defensive teams in the league and play well on the road. I think they can cover. The Pick: Warriors 113-101.