The Phoenix Suns begin to show signs of slowing down after breaking the franchise regular-season record. They won three of the last five games and are coming from a 113-109 defeat in the hands of the Clippers. Meanwhile, the Jazz avoids the Play-In Tournament following a crucial win against the Lakers. The hosts did well to snap a five-game streak recently and are now three and two in their last five games.
Nitrobetting gets ready for the postseason. But before all that, we highlight the best games that will cap off the regular season. Find a full preview of the Hawks vs. Heat game below. We present you with game details, team and player stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions–all of which help you lock in on the best picks.
Hawks vs. Heat Game Information
Off to the 305 ☀️✈️ pic.twitter.com/k0Exhpyh8y— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 7, 2022
- When: Friday, April 8, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: FTX Arena, Miami, FL
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 92.9 THE GAME (Hawks) / 790 THE TICKET (Heat)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Hawks (-108) / Heat (-108)
Why Bet on the Atlanta Hawks?
The Hawks are averaging 113.8 points (sixth) per game on 46.9% shooting (eighth). These stats alone should be enough to keep Miami’s defense on its toes. Atlanta also records the second-best three-point shooting percentage in the league at 37.4%. They are all set on the offensive side as Trae Young leads the pack.
However, defense is where the Hawks hang back. The team allows 112.4 points (22nd) per game. Atlanta also features one of the worst shooting defenses in the league so far. The team allows a 47.0% opponent shooting percentage, comprising a 54.0% opponent two-point (21st) and 36.3% three-point (25th) percentage.
Lou Williams awaits the green light before game time following a back injury. But, what gives life to the hawks is a relatively healthy starting lineup. Although John Collins is out until April 10, Danilo Gallinari does well to fill the position. Trae Young and Clint Capela will take charge of scoring duties, while Kevin Huerter and De’Andre Hunter offer additional support on both ends.
Why Bet on the Miami Heat?
Miami is a balanced team on the court. Their starting lineup and competent second-stringers ensures that the offensive and defensive stats remain on point. The overall statistics showcase 110.0 points (17th) per game average. While this number is behind what the Hawks average, the Heat does hold shooting stats well enough to put pressure on their opponents. As a team, the Heat holds the league-best record in three-point percentage at 37.9%. The team documents a consistent 53.0% two-point shooting in 80 games played.
Defensively, the Heat hols teams to 105.3 points (third) per game. They also limit opponents to 44.6% shooting (fourth), which should keep the Hawks grounded. More than that, the 33.9% opponent three-point percentage recorded by the Heat is likely to challenge the Hawks’ outside shooting.
The hosts have a lengthy injury report leading to the game. Four second-choice players, including Caleb Martin (calf), Gabe Vincent (toe), and Dewayne Dedmon (ankle), are day-to-day. Meanwhile, starting forward P.J. Tucker will remain out until the second week of April. The returning Duncan Robinson should get his stride back as he covers for Tucker on Friday night.
Hawks vs. Heat Betting Trends
- The Hawks are 3-2 in the last five road games (3-2 ATS).
- The Hawks are 3-2 in the last five games against the Heat (3-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of the Hawks’ last five games against the Heat.
- The Heat are 2-3 in the last five games at FTX Arenas (2-3 ATS).
- The Heat are 4-1 in the last five home games against the Hawks (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Heat’s last five home games against the Hawks.
Hawks vs. Heat Expert Betting Prediction
This is the fourth and final head-to-head of the Hawks and the Heat, with the former grabbing their first win in the last game. It’s been a great run for the Hawks as they quickly recovered from a loss at the hands of the Raptors. They now get momentum back following a victory over the Wizards. The Hawks can cover the spread and even put enough pressure on Miami to bring the victory home.
However, the Heat won’t let them off easy. Home advantage alone plays to their benefit. They have a good hold of the favorite title with a better overall record through the season. If head coach Erik Spoelstra opts to keep his core lineup on the floor for this contest, the Hawks need to double down on defense.
The matchup features two squads heavy on three-pointers and an exciting offense. We expect nothing less from the teams as we anticipate a fierce battle between the Southeast Division teams.
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