Atlanta Hawks (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U) vs. Miami Heat (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS, 2-0 O/U)
NBA: Monday, October 23, 2017, American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, 7:30 pm ET
Line: Miami -11; Over/Under: 205
It’s a battle of Eastern Conference foes down in South Beach. The Atlanta Hawks are on the road again as they take on the Miami Heat in a Southeast Division battle Monday night. Atlanta was in action Sunday afternoon on the road against the Nets. Miami evened their record as they knocked off the Pacers 112-108 at home Saturday night. The Heat holds a 62-49 advantage in the all-time regular-season series though the teams split four meetings last season. Miami took a 116-93 win in the last meeting here on February 1.
Atlanta Hawks Continue Season Opening Trip
Atlanta played the third game of their season-opening five game road trip in the Big Apple against the Nets Sunday afternoon. They’re here in South Beach before closing their trip against the Bulls in the Windy City Thursday night before opening their home slate with the Nuggets Friday night. Atlanta had some success in the second game of back to backs last season as they were 11-7 in those situations. The Hawks averaged 101.6 points per game in those situations while allowing 101.8 points per contest. Atlanta shot 45.4 percent from the floor and hit 36.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc in those games.
The Hawks are 16th in the league in scoring offense with 107 points per game this season. Atlanta is 19th in the league in rebounding (44 rpg) and tied for 25th with 19.5 assists per contest. The Hawks are 21st in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 110 points per game. Dennis Schroder leads the team with 26.5 points plus six assists per contest. Marco Belinelli contributes 12.5 points plus 3.5 boards, Taurean Prince kicks in 12 points plus eight rebounds a game and Dewayne Dedmon adds 10 points with seven rebounds per contest. John Collins, Ersan Ilyasova, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore and Mike Muscala have to contribute on the offensive end. The Hawks are tied for 16th in the league by shooting 44.4 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is tied for 22nd in the league with eight made three-pointers a night and tied for 18th in three-point shooting as the team hits a paltry 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Miami Heat Shoot for Second Straight Win
Miami bounced back from their season-opening loss in Orlando by knocking off the Pacers in their home opener Saturday. The Heat erased a five-point deficit after the opening quarter by outscoring the Pacers 37-19 in the second to take a 13 point halftime edge. Miami led by 15 after three quarters but had to hang on after being outscored 32-21 in the fourth quarter. The Heat had a hot shooting night, hitting 51.7 percent from the floor in the game, including a 14 of 34 showing from three-point range. Miami’s hot shooting helped overcome an 8 of 14 night at the charity stripe.
The Heat has been decent so far this season, ranking 11th in the league with 110.5 points per game. Miami has been average on the glass as they are tied for 17th with 44.5 boards per game. The Heat is 3rd in assists with 25.5 per contest. Miami comes in 22nd in scoring defense as they allow 112 points per game. Hassan Whiteside had 26 points and 22 rebounds in the opener but missed the game with the Pacers with a knee bruise. Goran Dragic averages 20 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while Dion Waiters puts up 17 points per contest. James Johnson (12.5 points, eight assists), Kelly Olynyk (11.5 points, seven rebounds) and Josh Richardson (11 points, five rebounds) are solid secondary options. The Heat also look to Wayne Ellington, Tyler Johnson and Justise Winslow to contribute on both ends. Miami is tied for 8th in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.1 percent as a team. The Heat stands tied for 10th with 11 three pointers a night and 16th in three-point shooting at 34.4 percent.
- Hawks are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 Monday games
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It’s a safe bet to say that the Hawks are going to be a bit jet lagged after playing in Brooklyn Sunday and having to fly to Miami for this one Monday night. The Heat, despite this being their third game of the year, haven’t left the state as their opener was the road tilt in Orlando. Atlanta has some work to do in order to figure out who will be a factor in their rotation with Schroder looking like the go-to guy offensively. That doesn’t work well given his penchant for wild shots and poor decisions. Look for the Heat to pick up the win at home in this contest.