Basketball betting expectations are as high as they were last summer when the “Three Kings of Miami” joined together to make basketball gambling history.
The Miami Heat will host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday with a start time of 7:30 PM ET. Sports-Gambling will have the side and total odds on this one so be sure and open your account today.
Miami had a record of 23-9 straight up and 16-16 with the NBA betting odds. The Heat were not a good value at home with a mark of just 6-10 against the spread while going over the total in 9 of those 16 games.
Miami of course made the ultimate statement on Christmas Day with a 96-80 win at the defending world champion Los Angeles Lakers to demonstrate that the preseason hype for their chances at winning it all was highly justified. Miami had the top ranked defense in the NBA while ranking 11th in scoring.
LeBron James was leading the Heat in scoring with 24.8 points per game while also leading Miami in assists with 7.2 per outing. Chris Bosh was the leading rebounder with 8.2 per game and original Miami superstar Dwyane Wade had 23.3 points per game to round out a fabulous lineup that is finally living up to its marquee.
While coach Erik Spoelstra was under fire early on he deserves credit for keeping his composure and getting the Heat to play great defense.
Golden State had a record of 11-18 straight up and 14-14-1 with the NBA sports betting line. The Warriors were 8-7-1 against the spread on the road and went under the total in 11 of those 16 away games. Golden State ranked 10th in the NBA for scoring but 28th for defense. Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 26 points per game while Andris Biedrins was the top rebounder with 9.8 per game.
Miami destroyed Golden State 106-84 in the previous basketball betting matchup between these teams on December 10 as the Heat were 9 point road favorites. The Heat have paid out in 2 of the last 3 meetings between the teams although Golden State has gotten the money in 3 straight trips to Miami.