Basketball Odds: Heat vs. Warriors

The featured matchup on Wednesday’s NBA slate has the Miami Heat on the road against the Golden State Warriors in an inter-conference showdown between two of the most exciting teams in the NBA when it comes to scoring points.

The Heat continue their current six-game road trip with a stop in Phoenix on Tuesday night. So far on this swing through the West they have beaten the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112 as 1-point road underdogs on the Bodog closing basketball odds and lost to Utah 94-89 this past Saturday as 9.5-point road favorites on the NBA betting lines. Miami is 6-2 straight-up in its last eight outings, but it failed to cover in five of those eight games. It is 35-14 SU on the year with a 22-27 record against the spread. The Heat are above .500 ATS on the road (14-11) and the total has gone OVER in 14 of the 25 games.

LeBron James scored just 13 points in Saturday’s stunning loss to the Jazz while shooting 4-for-13 from the field and hitting just one of six shots from three-point range. He leads the team with 26.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.6 assists and, on average, he is shooting 57.3 percent from the field. Miami is ranked eighth in the league in points scored (104) and ninth in points allowed (98.8).

Golden State has slipped into the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with five SU losses in its last nine outings. It has also been tough to bet on during this run with a 3-6 mark ATS. The Warriors are 30-21 SU (22-27-2 ATS) on the year heading into Monday night’s home game against Philadelphia. The basketball odds for that contest remain off the Bodog NBA betting board pending the playing status of Andrew Bogut and David Lee, who are both listed as questionable with shoulder injuries. This situation bears watching for Wednesday’s game as well.

Bogut leads the Warriors in rebounds (10.7) and blocked shots (1.9) and Lee is averaging 18.9 points and 9.7 rebounds. Stephen Curry is Golden State’s leading scorer with 24.6 points and he is dishing out a team-high 9.1 assists a game. The Warriors are scoring 103.1 points a game and hitting 45.8 percent of their shots from the field (38.1 percent from three-point range).