Heat vs Pelicans Free Pick
Miami Heat @ New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans -2 O/U 222
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The New Orleans Pelicans are hosting the Miami Heat tonight in the last game before the NBA All-Star Break. The Pels are playing at home for the third straight night here while Miami is coming off a night of rest after a loss to Atlanta is South Beach. The Pels are favored by 2 in this one with the total set at 227. Miami is 3 games under 500 when it comes to the total while the Pelicans are one of the best teams at hitting the number, going 25-9-1 this season. The Heat are dealing with plenty of injuries while Nola is fully healthy and seeing their best ball played from Zion Williamson. New Orleans will bring their high-powered offense and the Heat will need to play catch up to stick around?
OPINION: This is a bit of a nightmare when it comes to the OVER just because you have a horrible Heat offense that happens to play defense really well. Miami is 27th in offense and 4th in defense in the league while NOLA is 4th in offense and 27th in defense. It would be great if this were the other way around but its not so that is a major concern for me. Miami has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 and in all three of their previous games against New Orleans. Usually, I love to ride this Pelicans OVER train but this matchup seems off. The Heat scored 80 points their last time out and they're desperately lacking offense. Even if the Pels pump the number, I don't think Miami gets close enough.
Prediction: Heat 102 New Orleans 106