Pro Hoops on Friday and we will see the Los Angeles Clippers travel to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised on ESPN. Currently the odds for the game have Miami favored by 4 points while the total sits at 195. Check out Sportsbook Spy to see who the Public is taking on all of today's games.
Analysis: The Clippers have been struggling now without Chris Paul running the point, going 3-6 (SU and ATS) in the past nine games without him. But now they get back their star point guard as well as Chauncey Billups (15.5 PPG in career), who has played just three games this season. PG Eric Bledsoe will still be a key to this backcourt, coming off a career-high 27 points (19 after halftime) on Wednesday, and posting 22.3 PPG and 7.3 APG in his past three contests. He was also able to chip in six steals on the defensive end in Orlando. PF Blake Griffin could also be back in the lineup after missing two games. He most recently scored 20 points and added 11 rebounds in a loss against the Celtics last Sunday. SF Caron Butler has played well while the Clippers were banged up, averaging 14.2 PPG in his past five games, which is a lot higher than his season average of 10.0 PPG. PF Lamar Odom has proven to be a nice fit with the Clippers this season and recently has really helped them in an expanded role. Over the past five games, Odom is playing 24.0 MPG and averaging 4.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 2.0 SPG. Griffin sat out Wednesday with a lingering hamstring injury, his second absence in a row after playing in the previous 197 straight games.
Miami enters Friday on a three-game winning streak (1-2 ATS), topping Houston 114-108 on Wednesday. The Heat are riding a three-game winning streak, and they are now a much more dangerous team with SG Dwyane Wade back to playing like his superstar self. Over the past five games, Wade is averaging 22.4 PPG (48.3% FG), 6.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 2.2 SPG and 1.4 BPG. He looks engaged on both ends and healthy for the first time all season. While Wade has found his game, SF LeBron James has continued to play his. James is shooting an insane 71% FG (34-for-48) during a three-game streak of 30+ points. In these three contests, he has 31.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 6.7 APG. He's also 11-for-21 from three-point range and swiping 1.7 SPG over the past six games. James has matured a lot even over the course of this season. He is a career 33.5% three-point shooter, but this season he’s making 40.8% from long range. Before falling ill, PF Chris Bosh put together two huge scoring games, averaging 25.5 PPG on 62% FG. But he needs to be more aggressive on the glass, grabbing just 3.8 RPG in 33.3 MPG over his past four contests. Miami is just 7-14 against teams above .500.
Free Pick: I like the Under in this one. The Clippers have had some scoring problems of late and that is mainly due to their injury woes. They should be getting Paul back for this one, but Griffin is still listed as questionable. and even if both are in there I don't expect a ton of minutes from them, especially with the break coming up. Still the Clippers come in averaging 89.8 ppg in their last 5 games and the heat have been very solid on defense of late as they have allowed just 90.8 ppg in their last 8 non-OT games. We know that Miami can Sore some points, but the Clipps are a solid defensive squad as they have allowed just 93.4 ppg overall and 94.3 ppg on the road. I like to go with the under in some of these huge nationally televised games and I will do so again here. I don'r expect either squad to hi 95 points in this one.
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