Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks – NBA April 23

Heat (31-28, 14-15, road) at Hawks (32-27, 16-11 away)

  • Time: 4:30 PST – 6:30 CST – 7:30 EST
  • Place: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
  • TV: Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

Opening Tip:

Miami checks into this matchup as the 7-seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’re not only one game back of the 5-seed Atlanta Hawks for the lead in the Southeast Division.

The Heat have won three in a row after their win in San Antonio on Wednesday night as the team now has it’s sights set on a potential 4-seed in the playoffs. Atlanta is 0.5 games back of the Knicks and in fourth as of today.

The series is square at 1-1 this season as the Heat took a 109-99 win in Miami on Feb. 28, but lost the second game two nights later as Atlanta won 94-80 on the second game of the back-to-back.

The Heat lead the series, 70-55, but Atlanta offers a 36-25 ledger at home.

Key Injuries

  • HeatTyler Herro – (foot) – Day to Day – Victor Oladipo – (knee) – OUT
  • HawksClint Capela – (back) – Danillo Gallinari – (foot) – Tony Snell – (ankle) – Day to Day Kris Dunn – (ankle) De’Andre Hunter – (knee) – Cam Reddish – (Achilles) – Trae Young – (ankle) – OUT

Vs. The Spread

Heat (26-32-1 ATS)

  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 7 games
  • The Heat is 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games vs. Atlanta
  • Miami is 5-2 SU in it’s last 7 games vs. Atlanta

Hawks (32-26-1 ATS)

  • Atlanta is 9-3 ATS in it’s last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games
  • The Hawks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games

Last Time Out:

Bam Adebayo scored 23 points and Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Miami defeated San Antonio, 107-87, on Wednesday. Adebayo had eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 31 minutes to pace the Heat. Miami outscored San Antonio 30-15 in the third quarter to spark the win.

The Hawks couldn’t stop the force that is Julius Randle in their 137-127 overtime loss to the New York Knicks. Randle had 40 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Knicks. Trae Young had 20 points and 14, but left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. X-rays were negative. Clint Capela led the Atlanta attack with 25 points and 22 rebounds.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Miami Heat -5½ (-110) -210 O 212 (-110)
Atlanta Hawks +5½ (-110) +175 U 212 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Miami:

Miami Heat LogoThe Heat continue to win games with their defense and the three-point shot on offense. They were able to survive Brooklyn shooting 47.6 percent to start the three-game sprint while Houston and San Antonio combined to shoot only 39 percent in the last two games as they were a combined 19-of-73 from three. As Tyler Herro (34.2%-3) has struggled through the season from three, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn have set the pace. Robinson (40.7%-3) and Nunn (37.3%-3) are the primary shooters and will be an interesting matchup for the Hawks’ perimeter defense which allows opponents to shoot from distance at 34.8 percent (3rd/NBA). Robinson has multiple three-pointers in 23 straight games.

Key Heat Stat:

The Miami defense continues to hold opponents to 40.5 percent from the field and 10.3 fast break points as both of those lead the NBA. Miami is also second in allowing 38.6 makes per game as they are third in points allowed (107.0) and third in opponents’ field goal percentage (44.9%).

Heat Fact:

The two 20-point wins over the Rockets and Spurs are the first back-to-back 20-point wins since the 2016-17 season. The Heat has won three straight by 20 or more points only three times in the history of the franchise.

Advantage, Atlanta:

Atlanta Hawks LogoThe injury list is extensive for the Hawks and with Trae Young’s injury, Kevin Huerter and Bogdan Bogdanović will need to step up on the perimeter if in matching Miami. A strong option for Atlanta may be to go down low extensively to Clint Capela and John Collins, as both players shoot over 60 percent from three. Capela gets 4.9 offensive boards per game as the offensive glass will be a key vs. Atlanta as the Heat average 34.1 defensive boards per game (19th/NBA).

Key Hawks Stat:

Bogdanović is scoring the ball at maybe the most consistent clip in his career. He had 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists on Wednesday vs. the Knicks as he has at least 10 points for the 13th straight time in his career and has shot at 50 percent or better in the last 12 games.

Hawks Fact:

Huerter continues his break out year as he had 17 points in 44 minutes against the Knicks as he has started 11 consecutive games at the small forward spot. Huerter has averaged 17.6 points and shot 53 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from three over his last five games.

Winner: Miami (-5½) 108, Atlanta 102

The Bets
Miami -5½
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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