NBA Monday Preview
Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks
Monday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. (ET) TNT
NBA Betting Line: Miami -1.5
Total Line: 200
Miami (27-32) continues to make a run at the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with three victories in a row both straight-up and against the spread. It knocked off Indiana at home 113-95 on Saturday as a 4.5-point favorite. Going all the way back to a win against Houston at home on Jan. 17, the Heat are 16-2 both SU and ATS. They are 19-12 ATS in 31 previous road games this season and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last seven games.
Hassan Whiteside scored 22 points while pulling down 17 rebounds against the Pacers and Dion Waiters also tallied 22 points in that game to help pace the win. Goran Dragic remains Miami’s leading scorer this season with 20.3 points per game and he put up 21 points on Saturday night. The Heat are averaging 101.8 PPG this season and they are holding teams to 102.1 points at the other end of the court, which is the sixth-lowest total in the NBA.
With Saturday’s 96-83 romp against New Orleans as two-point home underdogs, the Mavericks were able to stop a three-game slide both SU and ATS. The total stayed UNDER 204.5 points in that game and it has stayed UNDER in their last five contests. Dallas is 23-25 SU this season with a 31-27 record ATS. They have gone 18-11 ATS on their home court and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last nine games at home.
Four of the Mavericks’ five starters ended the night in double figures against the Pelicans led by Harrison Barnes’ 19 points. Dallas fell behind early in that game, but it was able to outscore New Orleans by 15 points in the second half. The Mavs added Nerlens Noel in a recent trade with Philadelphia and he added nine points and 10 rebounds to the winning cause. Dallas is dead last in the NBA in scoring with 97.8 PPG, but it moves all the way up to fourth when it comes to points allowed (100.0)