Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat

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Two Eastern Conference teams will face off against each other on Tuesday as the Atlanta Hawks travel to AmericanAirlines Arena to take on the Miami Heat. Atlanta enters this game with a 14-20 record after losing to Miami on the road by ten points in its last game while Miami enters this game with a 17-17 record after beating Miami at home by ten points in its last game. This game will start at 7:30 P.M. EST.

Hawks Fire Their Head Coach

The Atlanta Hawks enter this game in poor form as they have lost three of their last four games including a ten-point road loss against the Miami Heat in their last game. In that game, Atlanta’s offense struggled as it only scored 99 points while shooting just 41.4% from the floor and just 22.9% from the three-point line. To make matters worse, Atlanta decided that it was time to find a new head coach as the front office fired head coach Lloyd Pierce. As a result, Nate McMillan has been named the interim head coach and he will be looking to get the Hawks back on track moving forward.

Leading the Hawks offensively is point guard Trae Young who is averaging a team-high 26.5 points per game along with a team-high 9.5 assists per game. However, he is also averaging a team-high 4.3 turnovers per game as he has been very careless with the basketball up to this point.

Following the loss to Miami, Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk discussed how difficult it was to fire Lloyd Pierce.

“These are real-life decisions that affect multiple families, and they are not easy. But we felt like for the organization it was the best thing for us to do moving forward.”

Miami Looks To Extend Its Winning Streak

The Miami Heat enter this game in fantastic form as they are in the middle of a six-game winning streak including a ten-point home victory against the Atlanta Hawks in their last game. In that game, Miami’s offense was pretty good as it scored 109 points while shooting 90.9% from the free throw line. Now, the Heat will be looking to extend their winning streak with another home game up next. Luckily, Miami has won each of its last five home games as it has looked extremely comfortable at AmericanAirlines Arena over the past few weeks.

Leading the Heat offensively is forward Jimmy Butler who is averaging a team-high 20.1 points per game along with a team-high 7.8 assists per game. However, he was forced to miss the last game due to a knee injury and he is questionable for this contest.

Following the victory against Atlanta, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra praised his team for playing well despite being a bit shorthanded.

“With Jimmy out, I thought guys really stepped up and filled in in a lot of different places.”

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
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These two teams have been heading in opposite directions lately so I have to side with the hotter basketball team on Tuesday. Miami has won each of its last six games while Atlanta has lost three of its last four games so I expect the Rockets to open up a big lead over these 48 minutes. Plus, Miami ranks eighth in the league in terms of defensive efficiency while Atlanta ranks 25th in the league in terms of defensive efficiency so the Hawks should struggle to get enough stops in order to cover this point spread. As a result, there is some value with the home team.

Prediction:
Miami Heat -3.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
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Both of these teams play at relatively slow paces offensively so this total seems a bit too high. Miami ranks 24th in the league in terms of pace while Atlanta ranks tied for 16th in the league in terms of pace so I can see a ton of long possessions over the course of these 48 minutes. Plus, Atlanta just fired its head coach so I expect the Hawks to come out a bit disorganized offensively on Tuesday which bodes well for the under. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 108-101 so there is some value on the under in this spot.

Prediction:
Under The Posted Total

Half-Time Side Pick
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Miami has finally started to play like last season’s Eastern Conference champions while Atlanta has been struggling over the past few weeks so I expect the Heat to get off to a fast start over the first 24 minutes of this game. Miami has won 10 of its first 17 home games while Atlanta has lost 11 of its first 17 road games so the Hawks should struggle in this hostile environment on Tuesday. Plus, Miami ranks tied for third in the league in terms of assist ratio while Atlanta ranks tied for 18th in the league in terms of assist ratio so I expect Miami’s elite ball movement to give Atlanta’s defense some serious problems throughout the first half.

Prediction:
Miami Heat 1H