BEST ODDS TO BET ON:
- Underdogs: Nets +3.5 (-110)
- Heat vs. Nets Over/Under: 221 points
The Heat won eight of their last nine games, including four straight, before yielding a 119-120 setback to the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Miami is 36-26-1 ATS, 9-2 SU in their last 11 games, and 4-2 SU in their last six games against Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is 24-37-2 ATS, 3-15 SU in its last 18 contests, and 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games at home but that could all change with the return of Durant, the Nets leading scorer whose status is probable in some sportsbooks while others don’t have his name on the team’s injury report.
Miami started as an 8.5-point favorite coming into the match before the line shrunk and made them just a 3.5-point favorite in the next 11 hours, Action Network reported. Jimmy Adebayo is expected to lead the way with 21.7 points while center Bam Adebayo looks to control the boards with 10.2 rebounds per game, as they are expected to take turns guarding Durant if and when the All Star forward officially makes his return to the court.
Final Predictions and Picks:
- Spread — 98 Brooklyn Nets – 94 Miami Heat
- Over/Under — OVER 221 points
A look at Wednesday’s predictions
Giannis Antetokounmpo came through with 28 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, while Jrue Holiday scored the game-winning layup with 1.9 seconds left to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally from a 14-point deficit and pull off a 120-119 win over the Miami Heat and give coach Mike Buldenhozer his 200th victory with the team.
Cameron Johnson scored 20 points off the bench while DeAndre Ayton had 18 points and eight rebounds as the Phoenix Suns disposed of the Portland Trail Blazers, 120-90, despite playing without All Stars Chris Paul and Devin Booker.
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