Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans
NBA: Friday, March 6, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, 8:00 PM ET
Friday night’s interconference showdown at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans will see the Miami Heat take on the New Orleans Pelicans for the second and last time this regular season. Back in November, the Heat beat the Pelicans 109-94 as 8-point home favorites, recording their third straight victory over New Orleans.
Miami has just wrapped up a five-game homestand, bringing a four-game win streak to New Orleans. On the other side, the Pelicans are riding a three-game losing streak and desperately need to break out of their slump.
The Heat barely outlasted the Magic, setting the franchise record with 22 3-pointersMiami is coming off a 116-113 victory over the Orlando Magic this past Wednesday. The Heat failed to cover a 6.5-point spread, but they set the franchise record with 22 treys. Miami made 50.0% of its attempts from deep, but the Heat struggled defensively, allowing the Magic to shoot 52.4% from the field. Duncan Robinson led the way for the Heat with 27 points, hitting nine 3-pointers out of 12 attempts, while Goran Dragic added 25 points and nine assists off the bench.
"My teammates encouraged me to shoot. The coaching staff encourages me to shoot," Robinson said. "So, I just went out and tried to be aggressive."
The Heat are No. 4 seed in the East, three games ahead of Indiana and Philadelphia and 2.5 games behind the third-seeded Boston. They score 113.0 points per 100 possessions (7th in the league) on 47.0% shooting from the field (6th) and 38.5% from beyond the arc (2nd). On the other side of the ball, the Heat surrender 109.5 points per 100 possessions (11th) on 44.9% shooting from the field (7th) and 34.2% from downtown (3rd). Miami is still without Meyers Leonard (ankle) and Tyler Herro (ankle).
The Pelicans suffered a tough loss in DallasNew Orleans is coming off a 127-123 overtime loss as a 6-point road dog at the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Nicolo Melli hit his only basket with 7.9 seconds left on the clock to force overtime, but the Pelicans didn’t have enough fuel to escape with a victory. Brandon Ingram led the way for New Orleans with 27 points on 11-for-22 shooting; Lonzo Ball had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists, while Zion Williamson added 21 points and six rebounds.
"I think my game is progressing," Williamson said. "Still getting my legs under me, just learning the game. The NBA, these are the best players in the world. They're smart. They have high IQs for the game. They have scouting reports, so I think it's just bringing something new to the table every game."
However, the Pelicans extended their losing streak to three games and are five games behind the No. 8 seed in the West. They will have a really tall task to sneak into the playoffs, and after the clash against the Heat, the Pelicans will play four straight games away from home. New Orleans is scoring 110.9 points per 100 possessions (15th in the league) on 46.3% shooting from the field (13th) and 37.3% from beyond the arc (3rd), allowing 112.0 points in a return (20th) on 46.7% shooting from the field (19th) and 35.8% from downtown (18th). The Pelicans are without J.J. Redick (hamstring) and Kenrich Williams (back).
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Miami:
- 4-9 ATS in the last 13 games overall
- 1-6 ATS in the last seven games on the road
- 5-0 ATS in the last five games after allowing 125 or more points in their previous game
- 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 games against the Eastern Conference