10 p.m. ET – Miami at Phoenix (-3.5) O/U: 217
The 28-25 Heat travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday night to take on the 38-15 Suns. Miami has won six of its last seven games, most recently picking up a 107-98 victory over Portland on Sunday to kick off their four-game West Coast road trip. Phoenix has won nine of its last 10 contests, including a 126-120 win over the lowly Rockets on Sunday.
The reigning Eastern Conference champions are led by guard Jimmy Butler, who averages 21.5 pts per game, and big man Bam Adebayo who averages 19.1 pts and 9.4 rebounds. But it was Miami guard Kendrick Nunn that stepped up big time in the first matchup between these teams, scoring 25 pts on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
The Heat have since picked up guard Victor Oladipo from Houston, but Oladipo suffered a right knee injury shortly into his stint with the Heat that will sideline him for at least the rest of the month. This means that Nunn will be starting at the point tonight and his team could really use another scoring outburst if they hope to pull off the short upset.
Phoenix is led by All-Star guard Devin Booker, who is averaging 26 pts per game. Booker is having the best season of his career, aided in no small part by the offseason acquisition of Chris Paul, one of the best point guards of this generation. Paul is averaging 8.7 assists per game and his leadership has helped elevate the play of not only Booker, but also of Ayton.
DeAndre Ayton, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, came up big in the first matchup against the Heat, scoring 17 pts and recording 16 rebounds while holding Adebayo in check for the majority of the game. The Ayton vs. Adebayo big-man matchup is surely going to be a fascinating one to watch once again on Tuesday night, and it should go a long way toward deciding the outcome.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Miami Heat||+3½ (-110)||+140||O 217½ (-110)|
|Phoenix Suns||-3½ (-110)||-165||U 217½ (-110)|
Meanwhile, the Suns have a record of 27-16 against the spread as favorites this season and have covered 19 of their 29 games at home this season. Miami was able to rest players for more of the game yesterday than Phoenix did, but the Suns did not have to get on a plane after the game so the debate over which team is fresher is likely a moot point. Phoenix is the better team that won by 10 when they played the Heat in Miami, and there is no reason to think they cannot beat them by double digits again this time around.
*Odds courtesy of MyBookie