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NBA Picks: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat

Jeff GrantContributor IOctober 8, 2016

NBA Picks: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James has averaged just 23.4 points per game in his career against the Los Angeles Clippers, which is important to consider when making your NBA against-the-spread picks on Friday night, as two of the league's best teams meet at AmericanAirlines Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Heat are four-point favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total opened at 195 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this non-conference affair from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the total along the way. 

Los Angeles Clippers

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    The Los Angeles Clippers have dropped seven of their last 10 games, but they managed to pick up an 86-76 victory over the Orlando Magic as five-point road favorites on Wednesday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers are 14-0 straight up and 10-4 against the spread after allowing 85 points or less in their previous game. 

Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat have won three games in a row, including a 114-108 victory over the Houston Rockets as 7.5-point home favorites on Wednesday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the home team is 13-3-1 against the spread in the last 17 meetings in this series. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Friday night, as the OVER is 10-3 in the Los Angeles Clippers' 13 games this year when playing a team that averages 99 or more points per game.

    The Heat are averaging 106.8 points per game at home during the 2012-13 NBA campaign.

    NBA Pick: Over

     

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