Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets: NBA Betting Odds and Predictions
Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets
Monday, 12/30/13, 10:30 PM EST
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Miami has won seven of its last eight games, including a 108-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers as seven-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total in two consecutive affairs. The Heat are 9-5 SU on the road, including a 3-1 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting predictions. Forward LeBron James is listed as doubtful for this matchup due to a groin injury—potentially knocking out the team’s leader in scoring at 25.4 points per game. Miami is 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS off an upset win as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.
The Heat have recorded a 9-4 record thus far in December—guaranteeing a .500-plus mark for a 24th consecutive month. Miami swept the 2012-13 series against Denver, but is 10-16 all-time when playing on the road. Offensively, the team is averaging 104.7 points per game on 51.1 percent shooting, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page. With James potentially out for a second consecutive affair, center Chris Bosh will be the main player to watch, as he’s shot at least 50 percent from the field in nine-straight games.
Denver has dropped six consecutive games, including a 120-99 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies as three-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in 10 contests. The Nuggets are 7-6 SU at the Pepsi Center, including a perfect 3-0 mark when taking on Eastern Conference foes. Point guard Ty Lawson is leading the team in scoring 17.5 points per game—finishing in double figures in 25 of 27 contests. Denver is 8-5 SU and 3-10 ATS after three or more consecutive losses the last two-plus seasons.
The Nuggets will need a huge performance out of their bench—a group that ranks third in the NBA in scoring 42.2 points per game, while ranking first in grabbing 19.7 boards a contest. Denver’s reserves have outscored their opponents bench in 22 of 29 games during the 2013-14 campaign.
Sports bettors will likely back the Nuggets due to their 34-16-1 ATS mark in their last 51 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
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