After beating the Thunder in what it looked like a playoffs game, the Miami Heat will try to build some momentum this Friday, when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies in the American Airlines Arena.
The Heat are -7.5 favorites in the NBA betting odds.
Miami looked impressive in the third quarter of the victory 98-93 over Oklahoma City, but now they have only a few games to fight for the first post in the East before the playoffs arrive. “Two very good teams,” Dwayne Wade said. “It was a playoff atmosphere here tonight. Good game, great for the fans and great competition.”
Lebron James is playing hard and has looked like a clear MVP candidate, especially as this season he has done a great job against good defensive teams. “You take the personal challenge,” James said.
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, lost to Dallas on Wednesday 95-85; it was their first loss in three games, plus, they failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, and the game total resulted UNDER the total.
“We ran out of gas,” Memphis guard Mike Conley said. “In the fourth quarter, we couldn’t score, shots weren’t falling for us, and they got too many easy looks in transition”.
Consider the betting trends mention Memphis is 21-10 ATS off a division game, but 2-8 straight up when playing on Friday.
Miami has lost only two games at home this season, and they currently have 7-3 streak after a win.