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Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
When: Monday, February 11, 9:00 PM. ET.
The Denver Nuggets will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Heat Trying To End Slump
The Heat haven’t played well over the past week and have lost four of their last five games. They will be trying to end their slump with a win over the Nuggets, which will give them their second win in their last six games.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 9, 2019
Miami has struggled offensively, averaging 105.3 points per game. The team is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from three-point range.
Josh Richardson leads the way for the Heat with 17.8 points and 3.8 assists per game. Dwyane Wade is averaging 13.9 points and 4.4 assists per game, while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 13.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.
The Heat have done a great job on the defensive end and are holding opponents to 105.8 points per game, which is third in the league. They held the Sacramento Kings to 102 points in their last game and will need another solid performance to get past the Nuggets on Monday.
Nuggets Happy To Be Back Home
The Nuggets struggled during their recent road trip, losing three of their four games. They will be hoping that a return to the friendly confines of the Pepsi Center will change their recent fortunes as they try to snap their three-game losing streak on Monday night.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 9, 2019
Denver has played well offensively this season, averaging 112 points per game, which is 15th in the league. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range.
Nikola Jokic leads the way for the Nuggets with 20.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game. Jamal Murray is averaging 18.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and five assists per game, while Gary Harris is averaging 14.8 points and three rebounds per game.
The Nuggets have also played well on the defensive end and are holding opponents to 107.3 points per game, which is sixth in the league. They gave up 127 points per game in their last three games and will need to play significantly better if they want to beat the Heat on Monday.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast.
- 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Nuggets have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five home games against teams with winning road records and six of their last eight games against Southeast Division opponents. The Heat have struggled against the spread, losing four of their last five games and four of their last five games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Denver Nuggets
Full-Game Total Pick
The Heat have played over the total in 13 of their last 16 games when playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Nuggets have played over the total in their last seven home games and in five of their last six games against Eastern Conference opponents.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Heat will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Nuggets in the first half of their last three games. The two teams are evenly matched offensively with Miami averaging 58.3 points per game while Denver averages 57 points per game. However, the Heat have played better on the defensive end, holding opponents to 52.7 points per game while the Nuggets are giving up 65.3 points per game.
Prediction: Miami Heat
Half-Time Total Bet
The Nuggets and Heat are averaging 115.3 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.