Heat vs Pelicans: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – December 25, 2020

The Miami Heat (0-1) host the New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) for a Christmas Day battle at American Airlines Arena, tipping off at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN. The Pelicans are underdogs. The point total is for the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of December 24, 2020, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Heat vs Pelicans Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 24

Heat:
Gabe Vincent: Out (Right knee)

Pelicans:
Will Magnay: Out (Not With Team),
Wenyen Gabriel: Out (Right knee)

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Heat Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jimmy Butler 58 19.9 6.7 6.0 1.8 0.6 0.5
Goran Dragic 59 16.2 3.2 5.1 0.7 0.2 2.1
Bam Adebayo 72 15.9 10.2 5.1 1.1 1.3 0.0
Kendrick Nunn 67 15.3 2.7 3.3 0.8 0.2 2.0
Tyler Herro 55 13.5 4.1 2.2 0.6 0.2 2.1

Pelicans Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Brandon Ingram 62 23.8 6.1 4.2 1.0 0.6 2.4
Zion Williamson 24 22.5 6.3 2.1 0.7 0.4 0.3
JJ Redick 60 15.3 2.5 2.0 0.3 0.2 3.0
Eric Bledsoe 61 14.9 4.6 5.4 0.9 0.4 1.2
Lonzo Ball 63 11.8 6.1 7.0 1.4 0.6 2.3

Shooting Trends

  • The Heat made 46.6% of their shots from the field last season, which was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Pelicans allowed to their opponents (46.5%).
  • Miami went 32-8-2 against the spread and 35-7 overall when it shot better than 46.5% from the field.
  • New Orleans’ record was 24-14 against the spread and 23-15 overall when its opponents made more than 46.6% of their shots from the field.
  • The Pelicans shot 46.5% from the field, 1.6% higher than the 44.9% the Heat’s opponents shot last season.
  • New Orleans went 24-15-2 against the spread and 23-18 overall when it shot higher than 44.9% from the field.
  • Last season, Miami had a 40-17-2 record against the spread and a 45-15 straight up record when it allowed opponents to shoot above 46.5% from the field.
  • The Heat’s 37.4% three-point shooting percentage last season was only 1.3 percentage points higher than opponents of the Pelicans shot from deep (36.1%).
  • Miami assembled a 40-14-2 record against the spread and a 44-12 straight-up record in games last season when the team hit more than 36.1% of its three-point shots.
  • New Orleans put up a 25-15-1 against the spread while going 22-19 overall in games last season when its opponents shot better than 37.4% from downtown.
  • The Pelicans shot 37% from three-point distance last season. That’s only 2.3 percentage points higher than the Heat allowed their opponents to shot from deep (34.7%).
  • New Orleans went 29-17-2 ATS and 26-22 overall when the team hit more than 34.7% of its three-point attempts.
  • Miami had a 43-19-3 ATS record and a 48-17 straight-up record last season when it made more than 37% of its three-point attempts.
  • The Heat connected on 13.3 three-pointers per game last season, just 0.3 fewer makes per game than the Pelicans allowed (13.6).
  • New Orleans went 28-13-2 against the spread and 25-18 overall when it connected on more three-pointers than its opponents, while Miami went 15-29-1 ATS and 18-28 straight up in games when it was out-shot from the three-point line.
  • The Pelicans made the fifth-most three-pointers in the league a season ago, while the Heat gave up the 24th-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

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Heat vs Pelicans Stat Rankings

Heat Rank Heat AVG Pelicans AVG Pelicans Rank
15th 111.6 Points Scored 115.8 5th
10th 108.9 Points Allowed 117.1 27th
14th 43.7 Rebounds 46.5 4th
29th 8.3 Off. Rebounds 11.1 2nd
6th 13.3 3pt Made 13.6 5th
5th 25.7 Assists 26.8 3rd
15th 13.6 Turnovers 15.9 30th

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