NBA Betting — Warriors Go After Seventh Straight as They Visit Heat
- Updated: January 2, 2014
The Golden State Warriors are red-hot team, having won six straight games coming into Thursday’s action. They travel to a place that is warmer than most areas of the country, as they visit the Miami Heat, the two-time defending NBA champions, in NBA betting action that will take place at 7:30 PM ET at the American Airlines Arena. The Warriors are certainly not intimidated by this venue, as they were able to defeat Miami on this floor a little over a year ago.
Currently Miami is sitting with a record of 24-7, which puts them in second position in the Eastern Conference, behind Indiana. The Heat are 14-17 against the basketball pointspread. Golden State is now 20-13 as it tries to continue this winning streak. The Warriors are 16-16 against the number.
In the NBA odds that have been posted on this game at VietBet, the Heat is favored, but not by much:
Miami Heat -4.5
Golden State Warriors +4.5
Over 203.5 points -110
Under 203.5 points -110
The Heat’s “Big Three” may not be all together for this game. League MVP LeBron James is okay; he missed a recent win at Portland, but came back to score 26 points and hand out ten assists in Miami’s latest effort, a 97-74 win at Denver. Dwyane Wade is dealing with back spasms right now, and he is listed as doubtful for this game. Also, key reserves Norris Cole and Chris Anderson are questionable with injuries. These are certainly things for NBA bettors to consider.
Miami has won 14 of 16 games this season at home, but Golden State won the last time they played in South Florida, with a thrilling 97-95 victory as an 8.5-point underdog in the basketball odds in December 2012. For this game, the Warriors are not traveling very far; the beat the Orlando Magic last night 94-81. They’ve been winning in a way that isn’t all too familiar to many basketball bettors, in that they are playing very good defense. In fact, they are allowing only 89.7 points per game during this current winning streak.
Stephen Curry, who is averaging 22.9 points on the season, only had nine points in the win at Orlando. But it’s a very strange thing – Golden State has a perfect 10-0 record when Curry scores less than 20 points. Obviously, he can do other things, as VietBet customers have discovered. He is, for example, the team’s playmaker, as he averages 9.5 assists per game. This is a team that exhibits great ball movement, and much of it ends up with the three-point try. Golden State averages 9.4 triples per game.
Clearly Miami have to get out on the perimeter and defend if they are going to keep Curry and teammate Klay Thompson in check. But one thing the Heat has been getting more of lately is very strong inside play. In fact, Chris Bosh won the NBA’s player of the week award by averaging 23.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game on the teams recent western swing. This is the Heat’s first game after that trip, and they await a team that comes in with no rest from a game the night before. One thing sportsbook bettors can be certain of – they will be on high alert for this dangerous foe.
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