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#577 Atlanta Hawks vs.
#578 Miami Heat
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams in the NBA as the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat will face off at about 8:00 PM. This will be the third meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the American Airlines Arena.

Miami Looks For Another Home Win

So far this season, the Miami Heat have been a pleasant surprise in the Eastern Conference. The Heat have won 17 of their first 26 games this season as they are currently in possession of first place in the Southeast Division. In addition, Miami has been amazing at home up to this point. The Heat have played ten home games leading up to this game and they have not lost any of those games. Now, Miami will look for another home victory against a team that has been awful on the road this season. However, one still has to wonder if Miami will be able to cover this rather large spread.

Leading the Heat offensively is forward Jimmy Butler who looked good so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 20.6 points per game along with 6.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds. In addition, Butler has also been solid defensively as he is averaging 2.2 steals per game. Now, he will look for another good performance on Tuesday.

Miami's most underrated player is center Bam Adebayowho has been extremely solid so far this season. He is averaging 14.6 points per game along with a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game. Adebayo has blossomed into a quality center in this league and he will look to continue playing well at home against Atlanta.

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The Hawks have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season while the Heat have looked like a solid team so I will take the home team in this game. Plus, Miami is undefeated at home so I expect the Heat to continue playing well against this underwhelming foe on Tuesday. Miami has also won each of the first two meetings between these teams this season so I expect a similar outcome for this game. Give me he home team as a result.

Prediction: Miami Heat

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The Hawks cannot defend any team in this league and I expect the Heat to play extremely well offensively. At the same time, the Hawks love to play an uptempo style of offense which should lead to more points for both sides. With Young in the lineup for the Hawks, one has to lean to the over since he is not afraid of shooting a ton of shots from the three-point line while also offering pretty much no value on the defensive end. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over

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Miami has been fantastic at home this season and I expect the Heat to get out to a fast start on Tuesday in the first half. Miami has dominated Atlanta in the two meetings between them and I just think that the Heat are a terrible matchup for the Hawks to deal with. I expect this game to be close for maybe a quarter but Miami has the much better depth so I think that the Heat should be able to go on a run and cover this number. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Miami 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.