The Miami Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans will face-off on the hard-court for the second time in under a week after their first meeting on February 21. The Pelicans handily won that matchup by a score of 105-91 after shooting-guard Eric Gordon went off for 24 points, including 16 in the third quarter for New Orleans. Omer Asik added 15.
Tonight’s tilt tips at 8:00 PM ET from the Smoothie King Center in NOLA where the home team New Orleans Pelicans are 1.5 point underdogs against the visiting Heat.
A Closer Look At The Miami Heat Vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds & My NBA Free Pick
Matchup: Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Feb. 26, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Stadium: Smoothie King Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Miami Vs New Orleans
Point Spread: Miami Heat -1.5
Miami’s Projected Starting Lineup: Udonis Haslem (PF), Luol Deng (SF), Hassan Whiteside (C), Dwyane Wade (SG), Goran Dragic (SG).
New Orleans’ Projected Starting Lineup: Anthony Davis (PF), Omer Asik (C), Eric Gordon (SG), Tyreke Evans (SG), Quincy Pondexter (SG).
Earlier this month, the Heat introduced Goran Dragic, who it acquired earlier this week before the trade dealing. Dragic and his brother, Zoran, are the latest Heat additions.
“We’re very excited about this day,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This is something we’ve been working on for a while … We’re obviously thrilled to have this transaction and looking forward to the next 29 games.”
After growing disgruntled with the Phoenix Suns, Goran became available via trade. The Heat acquired him by packaging guard Norris Cole, forwards Shawne Williams and Danny Granger, center Justin Hamilton and two first-round picks.
The newly aquired Goran, who will start immediately, last year was a Third-Team All-NBA selection after averaging 20.3 points and 5.9 assists. This is the Heat’s 22nd different starting lineup in 54 games this season.
Beasley on rejoining the Miami HEAT: “We’re familiar with each other so that makes the process a lot easier.”
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 26, 2015
In the previous matchup between these two, Miami was a 2.5 point favorite and failed to cover. The Pelicans have won and cover the last two games in the series, but before that Miami was 5-0 straight up and 4-0-1 against the spread against New Orleans.
Also, five of the last six games between these two teams have gone OVER the game total.
Miami has the third worst offense in the NBA, averaging a meager 93.1 points per game, but their second-ranked defense, allowing 96.6 PPG, has kept them in games. They are also the worst rebounding team and second worst squad in dishing out assists. Dwayne Wade is the team’s leading scorer with 21.1 points per game, but the Heat will miss Chris Bosh for probably the remainder of the season as he deals with blood clots in his lung; he also added 21.1 PPG.
New Orleans’ offense ranks 17th in the league in points per game with 99.7. Their defense ranks 15th with 99.5 points allowed per game. The Pelicans are also 10th in rebounding and 17th in assists. Super-star in the making Anthony Davis leads the Pelicans with 23.9 PPG.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 26, 2015
The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day rest.
The Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5 points, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.