Miami Heat (11-27 SU, 18-20 ATS, 18-20 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (25-14 SU, 19-20 ATS, 23-16 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, January 8, 2016, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, 3:30 pm ET
Line: LA Clippers -10 Over/Under: 207.5
It’s an inter-conference matchup in the City of Angels. The Miami Heat continues their road trip with a stop in the City of Angels as they take on the LA Clippers Sunday afternoon. Miami lost for the seventh time in eight games as they were pasted 127-100 by the Lakers in this building Friday night. LA has won three straight after a six game slide as they downed the Kings 106-98 on the road Friday night. Miami has a 33-23 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Clippers have taken the last three meetings. That includes a 102-98 road win in the first meeting this season on December 16, 2016.
Miami Heat Struggling to Pick Up Wins
Miami couldn’t string together back to back wins as they followed up their five point win at Sacramento up by getting blasted by the Lakers. The Heat was within two at the half but was outscored 69-44 in the second half to end up getting blown out in the contest. Miami was beaten soundly in all facets as the Lakers hit 50 percent from the floor, 10 of 28 from three point range and dominated the boards by a 62-41 margin. The Heat was held to 41.3 percent shooting overall and 8 of 32 from beyond the arc in the contest. Willie Reed had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a starting role for the Heat in the loss. Miami was without Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow while Goran Dragic was ejected.
The Heat has had offensive struggles so far this season, ranking 29th in the league with 98.4 points per game. Miami has been good on the glass as they are 11th with 44.3 boards per game. The Heat is 23rd in assists with 21 per contest. Miami comes in 7th in scoring defense as they allow 102.4 points per game. Goran Dragic is currently leading the team with 18.9 points, 3.8 boards and 6.6 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside is the low post presence for Miami, contributing 17.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 2.24 blocks per game. Tyler Johnson is adding 13.9 points plus 4.4 boards a game off the bench while Justise Winslow (10.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists), Josh Richardson (11.2 points) and Dion Waiters (14.2 points, 3.9 assists) are chipping in as well. Miami has gone with a short rotation thus far, which means Willie Reed, Rodney McGruder, Luke Babbitt, Wayne Ellington and James Johnson (11.7 points, five boards) have to contribute when pushed into playing time. Miami is tied for 24th in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.9 percent as a team. The Heat stands tied for 20th with 8.7 three pointers a night and tied for 23rd in three point shooting at 34.3 percent.
LA Clippers Shoot for Fourth Straight Win
LA has bounced back nicely after a prolonged six game slide as they’ve taken three straight. The Clippers went on the road and downed Sacramento to extend that streak Friday night. It was a back and forth game as the Clippers trailed by 10 after the opening quarter only to lead by 12 at halftime. LA saw that lead trimmed to two entering the fourth quarter before putting it away late. The Clippers shot 46.4 percent from the floor and knocked down 13 of 31 three point attempts in the contest. LA held Sacramento to 41.4 percent shooting in the game. Austin Rivers had 24 points to lead the Clippers in the victory.
The Clippers are currently 5th in the league in scoring offense with 108.2 points per game this season. LA is 16th in the league in rebounding with 43.6 boards per game and 14th in assists with 22.1 per contest. The Clippers are solid defensively, ranking 9th in scoring defense by allowing 102.9 points per game. Blake Griffin leads the team with 21.2 points plus 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Chris Paul contributes 17.6 points, 9.6 assists and 2.25 steals per game. J.J. Redick contributes 15.3 points a night, Jamal Crawford chips in 12.4 points a game in a sixth man role and DeAndre Jordan puts up 12 points and 13.4 rebounds per night. Marreese Speights, Austin Rivers (10.8 points), Luc Mbah a Moute, Paul Pierce and Raymond Felton are key pieces off the bench. LA is 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.5 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 9th in three pointers a game with 10.3 and tied for 4th in three point shooting as they hit 37.9 percent.
- Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games
- Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games
The Clippers have to be breathing a sigh of relief after winning three in a row as their season seemed in danger of going sideways prior to that. Miami is extremely banged up with Winslow and Waiters out for extended periods, Whiteside battling injuries and the rest of the team a mismatched group. Dragic is frustrated and there are rumors that he may be moved as the team evaluates its options. That makes the Heat a team in turmoil. The Clippers take advantage and win their fourth straight as the Staples Center is a house of horrors for Miami for the second straight contest.