Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks 2/20/2020 NBA Previews and Game Analysis
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks 2/20/2020 – The Miami Heat visit the Atlanta Hawks this Thursday as the two teams try to get back on the winning track. Both are coming off losses though Miami is the heavy favorite by NBA spreads. The Heat dropped four of their last five assignments but the All-Star break gave the time to regroup. The Hawks, on the other hand, are coming off back-to-back losses. Atlanta will try to get a win to distance themselves from the cellar-dwelling Cleveland Cavaliers (14-40).
Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks 2/20/2020
Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks 2/20/2020 Betting Odds
Miami Heat Betting
The Miami Heat will be back to business on Thursday as they try to ramp up their playoff aspirations. Leading the way will be Jimmy Butler anew. Though he played well in the NBA All-Star game, the 30-year-old swingman was pretty upset of lack of playing time. Butler is expected to use that as motivation, pushing himself to help Miami against the Hawks. Out to provide help to Butler is new recruit Jae Crowder and Goran Dragic. Coach Erik Spoelstra likely used the All-Star break to figure out what the Heat are doing wrong in their last 14 games.
Players to watch: J. Butler SF 46 GP 46 GS 34.4 MIN 20.6 PTS 1.8 OR 5 DR 6.8 REB 6.1 AST 1.8 STL 0.5 BLK 2.3 TO 1.4 PF 2.7 AST/TO 24.06 PER
J. Crowder SF 3 GP 0 GS 30.3 MIN 18 PTS 1 OR 6.3 DR 7.3 REB 1.3 AST 2 STL 0.3 BLK 0.7 TO 2.3 PF 2 AST/TO 26.15 PER
G. Dragic PG 43 GP 1 GS 28.3 MIN 16.1 PTS 0.4 OR 2.5 DR 3 REB 5 AST 0.6 STL 0.2 BLK 2.5 TO 1.9 PF 2 AST/TO 16.24 PER
Atlanta Hawks Betting
Though the season maybe lost to them, expect the Hawks to give the Heat some resistance. Trae Young will lead Atlanta anew, together with John Collins, Jabari Parker and De’Andre Hunter. With a woeful 15-41 record, the Hawks are just trying to get things in order in preparation for next season. New acquisition Clint Capella could be a difference-maker but remains questionable with a heel injury.
Players to Watch: T. Young PG 50 GP 50 GS 35.2 MIN 29.7 PTS 0.6 OR 3.8 DR 4.4 REB 9.2 AST 1.2 STL 0.1 BLK 4.9 TO 1.7 PF 1.9 AST/TO 24.42 PER
J. Collins PF 30 GP 30 GS 32.2 MIN 20.6 PTS 2.6 OR 7.6 DR 10.2 REB 1.4 AST 0.6 STL 1.6 BLK 1.7 TO 3.7 PF 0.8 AST/TO 22.75 PER
K. Huerter SG 45 GP 37 GS 30.3 MIN 12.3 PTS 0.6 OR 3.5 DR 4.1 REB 3.4 AST 0.8 STL 0.5 BLK 1.6 TO 2.4 PF 2.1 AST/TO 11.64 PER
Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks 2/20/2020 Betting Numbers
Miami are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Atlanta’s last 16 games.
Meyers Leonard C Ankle is OUT Thursday vs Atlanta
Clint Capela C Heel is out indefinitely
Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks Betting Picks
Although the teams are coming off losses, Miami remains the overwhelming favorite to prevail over Atlanta by NBA basketball lines. The Heat will step up their drive for the playoffs, improved chances with the addition of veteran players. The Hawks may be out of it but expect them to come out fighting. Young is playing at a high level and the new faces could turn up something new for head coach Lloyd Pierce.
Moneyline: The ML handed to the Heat for this game is at -220 while the Hawks are at +180 at home.
ATS: +4.5 is given to the Hawks across the spread while on the other side of the line are the Heat with -4.5.
TOTALs: 231.5 is the given total for this match with the Heat going over and the Hawks the team under.
Score Prediction: 118 – 113 Heat