NBA Picks: Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJanuary 16, 2013

NBA Picks: Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors

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    LeBron James is 18 points away from becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points, which should have him properly motivated on Wednesday night, as the Miami Heat (24-12) take on the Golden State Warriors (23-13) at Oracle Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Heat are two-point road favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 202.

    James has averaged 28.4 points in 17 career games against the Warriors—something to consider when looking over the prop betting market.

    Let's take a closer look at this non-conference affair from a betting perspective, while offering an against-the-spread pick along the way. 

Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat have lost three of four on their current six-game road trip. They will look to bounce back from a 104-97 setback against the Utah Jazz as 2.5-point favorites on Monday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Heat are 0-4 against the spread as a road favorite of three points or less this season.

Golden State Warriors

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    The Golden State Warriors have only lost consecutive games twice during the 2012-13 NBA season. They will try to bounce back from a 116-105 defeat to the Denver Nuggets as 6.5-point road underdogs on Monday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Warriors are 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 games after suffering a straight-up loss dating back to last year.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Miami Heat as one of their pro basketball picks on Wednesday night, as I established them as four-point road favorites, while the home team is 1-5-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings in this series.

    NBA Pick: Miami Heat -2


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