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Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat Game 2 ATS Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Thursday May 8, 2014, ESPN2

Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

The Miami Heat host the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 in an Eastern Conference semifinals series.

The Heat lead this best of 7 series 1-0.

In their last games: In Game 1 the Heat beat the Nets 107-86.

In Game 1 the Heat outscored the Nets by 18 points in the 2nd half and for the game shot 56.8% from the floor.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In Game 1 the Heat scored 52 points in the paint and the Nets only had 28.

The Game 1 win by the Heat was their first win over the Nets this season after losing 4 in the regular season.

In the last 6 games between these 2 teams in Miami the total has gone Under 5 times.

The home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games between these 2 teams.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Miami -8
Total Line: Off
Money Line: Nets +325 / Heat -400

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Brooklyn Nets: 48-42 SU 46-43-1 ATS
Miami Heat: 59-28 SU 41-44-2 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• BKL is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• BKL is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. loss.
• BKL has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
• MIA is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• MISA is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
• MIA has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Brooklyn Nets: 90.85
Miami Heat: 94.84

Key Player Injuries

NETS
Brook Lopez C Sidelined Dec 21 foot Out for the 2013-14 season

HEAT
Chris Andersen F/C Sidelined May 6 knee Questionable for Game 2
Shane Battier G/F Sidelined May 3 flu Day-to-day

Against The Spread Pick:

The Heat had only a 3 point advantage at the break before outscoring the Nets by 18 over the final 24 minutes to romp by 21 points. You could look at the second half of Game 1 in two different ways. Was it that Miami was rusty from the extended time off from sweeping Charlotte and it took them a half to get back in sync? Or was it that the Nets were physically and emotional tired from their 7 game series with the Raptors and faded in the second? I’m going to go with the latter. Brooklyn swept the regular season series against Miami playing solid defense holding the Heat to well under their season average shooting percentage of 50.1 in all 4 games. Miami shot a shocking 56.8% from the field in Game 1 after Brooklyn had held them to 47.8, 42.5, 48.5 and 47.8 this season. I expect a return to form by the Brooklyn defense in Game 2 and like the regular season games be decided in final minute. Take the Brooklyn Nets +8.

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