Wednesday NBA Odds, Picks, Predictions: Warriors vs. Heat Betting Preview (March 23)
Mitchell Leff/Getty. Pictured: Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry in action against the Philadelphia 76ers.
- The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry once again, and it was announced late they'll rest Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as well.
- As such, the Miami Heat are significant favorites for Wednesday night's matchup.
- Continue reading for a full breakdown of this matchup, including a betting prediction.
Editor’s Note: The Golden State Warriors have announced that Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page.
Warriors vs. Heat Odds
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The Warriors are in the midst of a mess, and they now head to Miami on the second night of a back-to-back to take on the number one team in the East.
With a spread so large and an injury report that’s a bit lengthy, is there any value left on Miami? Should we turn to the total?
Let’s answer those questions below.
Golden State Warriors
Simply put, it is not going well for the Warriors at the moment. Over the last week, Golden State has dropped three straight games and looked absolutely miserable out there. Offensively, it has managed just 101.1 points per 100 possessions — good for dead last in the league during that period.
That’s all due to the foot injury suffered by Stephen Curry early in the Warriors’ loss to Boston exactly one week ago. Without the two-time MVP, Golden State has struggled to create any sort of offense, and on Tuesday the absence of Curry was felt in crunch time against the Magic.
The Warriors took a late lead only to give it right back in the final minute. Otto Porter committed an offensive foul, Klay Thompson missed a three, fouled a three-point shooter and chipped in one more turnover in the final seconds for good measure.
It was a comedy of errors, and one which certainly may have been avoided with the leadership, playmaking and scoring ability of Curry. As it stands right now, we have to rate this offense as well-below average until it is able to prove otherwise. The only bright spot here would be that defensively, things haven’t been so bad. The Warriors rank 10th in efficiency during the last week and in general they have shored up that end of the floor with the return of Draymond Green.
Miami is in a weird spot. There’s really not a ton to play for at this point in the season given it is virtually locked into one of the top four spots in the East, and with Brooklyn lurking in the play-in tournament it’s very possible a team would be better-served to finish third or fourth in the East rather than first or second.
While the Heat certainly won’t be trying to lose — and it has done an excellent job since the All-Star break to go 9-4 — you’ve seen that killer instinct lacking over the last couple of weeks. Miami is just 1-5 against the spread during that time, most notably falling by seven to the Sixers last time out in a game where Joel Embiid and James Harden didn’t even play.
Still, to take a broad view, this has been the best defense in the NBA since the All-Star break and a team which employs a strong presence in the post with Bam Adebayo. As it pertains to the perimeter defense, though, there could be some issues. Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin and Victor Oladipo are all listed as questionable for this game, which leaves open the possibility that the Heat could be severely undermanned.
I’ll also note that for as well as the Heat have played this year, they’re just 18-17 against the spread at home.
This seems like rock bottom for the Warriors, and while I want to buy into things turning around I don’t really think this is the spot for them.
Miami is 12-8 ATS with the rest advantage this year and the Warriors stand at just 6-5 ATS on the second night of a back-to-back. Of course, most of those games included Curry, who will miss this contest.
A strong defense against an offense looking for answers makes for a precarious spot for this Golden State offense, leading me to the total here.
While the Warriors have struggled mightily to score, they’ve done the job defensively. On top of that, Miami is just 16th in offensive efficiency since the break and could run into trouble if it’s missing some big names.
I’d lean towards the Heat covering the spread here, but given what we’ve seen at home from them (and what we’ve seen as of late) the total should be the safer play.
Pick: Under 212 (-110)
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