Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons
Friday, 3/28/14, 7:30 PM EST
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Miami has alternated wins and losses over its last six games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 84-83 defeat to the Indiana Pacers as two-point road underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Heat are 20-16 SU on the road this season, including an 11-11 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents, which can’t be ignored when making your pro basketball picks. Friday night’s game will be the fourth and final match-up of the regular season, with Miami holding a 2-1 advantage.
The Heat are averaging 103.1 points per game this season, which has been made possible by shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Miami is 36-5 SU when holding opponents under 100 points this season—something to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page. It’s important to point out that the squad’s streak of 26 consecutive months with at least a .500-plus winning percentage is in jeopardy due to its struggles in March.
Detroit has dropped six of its last seven games, including a 97-96 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers as 6.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests. The Pistons have four of five probable starters averaging double figures, with forward Josh Smith leading the way in scoring 16.5 points a contest. The franchise is 15-22 SU at The Palace of Auburn Hills, but it has gone 12-11 versus conference rivals. Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last seven home games.
The Pistons haven’t won a regular-season series against the Heat since the 2007-08 campaign, as they look to get a huge performance out of point guard Brandon Jennings, who is averaging 20.0 points in the rivalry this season. Detroit ranks first in the league in averaging 52.4 points per game—1.4 more than the second place Houston Rockets in that important statistical category.
Sports bettors will likely back the Heat due to the road team covering the number in the last four meetings in this series.
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