The Miami Heat hit the road for the first time in the playoffs to meet the Atlanta Hawks for Game 3 of the series. Coach Erik Spoelstra and company will try to secure the commanding 3-0 lead and try to finish the first round early. However, the Hawks get home advantage and could pull the team out of this tough position. Atlanta needs a win here if they want to keep their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals hopes alive.
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Heat vs. Hawks Game 3 Information
- When: Friday, April 22, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: 92.9 THE GAME (Hawks) / 790 THE TICKET (Heat)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Heat (-1.5) / Hawks (+1.5)
Why Bet on the Miami Heat?
The Miami Heat offers impressive numbers on both offense and defense. On the attacking end, the team delivers 110.1 points (17th) per game on 46.8% shooting (11th). They lead the league in three-point statistics and make 38.1% of their attempts from downtown. The Heat have decent shooting from the perimeter and the paint with a 53.1% two-point average (18th).
Defensively, the Heat holds the advantage over the Hawks on paper. The visitors limit opponents to 105.4 points (third) per game. They have impressive shooting defense and keep teams to 44.7% (fourth). While they have a slightly average two-point shooting defense at 53.8% (18th), Miami excels in three-point defense and holds teams to 33.8% (first). Additionally, both teams are neck and neck in rebounding stats.
Jimmy Butler is the star of the show as he averages 33 points and 5.5 rebounds, while Duncan Robinson gives a helping hand and records 13.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. The lineup features impressive shooters, featuring Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry. However, several key players are listed on the injury report and awaiting game-time decision: P.J. Tucker (calf), Bam Adebayo (quadriceps), Caleb Martin (ankle, Markieff Morris (hip).
Why Bet on the Atlanta Hawks?
The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 113.7 points (sixth) per game on 47.0% shooting (eighth). They shine on the offensive edge, but they have to fire on all cylinders to match the Heat in this series. The Hawks have impressive shooting beyond the arc, hitting 37.3% of their three-point attempts (third). Additionally, the team remains consistent from the line and makes 81.2% of their free-throw attempts (fourth).
Defensively, the Hawks have to up their game to stay even with Miami. The hosts allow 112.2 points (20th) per game and limit opponents to 47.0% shooting (22nd). The 36.5% opponent three-point shooting percentage (26th) of the hosts also needs to improve to slow down the leading three-point shooting team in the league.
Bogan Bogdanovic adds value to the lineup and averages 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Trae Young follows him with 16.5 points and six rebounds. De’Andre Hunter is the next double-digit scorer. John Collins also takes care of rebounding and averages seven rebounds. Clint Capela is still out of the lineup with a knee injury. Onyeka Okongwu covers the starting center on Friday night.
Heat vs. Hawks Betting Trends
- The Heat are 3-2 in the last five road games (3-2 ATS).
- The Heat are 4-1 in the last five games against the Hawks (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Heat’s last five games against the Hawks.
- The Hawks are 5-0 in the last five games at State Farm Arena (5-0 ATS).
- The Hawks are 3-2 in the last five home games against the Heat (3-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of the Hawks’ last five home games against the Heat.
Heat vs. Hawks Expert Betting Prediction
The Hawks have a menacing offense that keeps the Heat on their toes. However, Young needs to pick up the pace and get his team going after a cold night in Game 1 and a relatively better outing in Game 2. Playing at the State Farm Arena gives the side a little bit of breathing room after a tough road stint. Covering the spread should be doable, but a win demands everything from the Eastern Conference eighth seed.
Meanwhile, the Heat slowly works their way to a sweep. There will be more pressure in Game 3, but this squad is known to deliver positive results during road games. The game can go down the wire given the circumstances, but the Heat remains the slight favorite leading up to the clash.
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