The Miami Heat have already lost at home to the Golden State Warriors this season. The biggest surprise in the Western Conference will now try to sweep the season series against the champs.
Miami Heat @ Golden State Warriors – Wednesday, January 16
Why Miami Will Win
No college football betting expert would deny the contention that when you doubt a great team, you are inviting embarrassment. The Miami Heat have looked like a down-and-out team on multiple occasions over the past two seasons, but they have so consistently answered the bell. They did so in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls after getting pounded in Game 1 of that series. They did so in the 2012 East semifinals against the Indiana Pacers after falling behind 2-1 and trailing at halftime of Game 4 on the road in Indianapolis. They did so after falling behind 3-2 in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. They did so after losing Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals to Oklahoma City. The Heat are staggering through their road trip right now, but would you really be all that surprised if this team got off the deck and stopped Golden State?
When you go over your next sportsbook review, you will see that Miami always has a legitimate chance to win with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh on the floor.
Why Golden State Will Win
When people pursue a sport betting play, they have to look at competing factors, and although the Miami Heat are the defending NBA champions, one has to realize that the particulars of this situation work in favor of their opponent. Golden State beat Miami in South Florida a month ago, executing well down the stretch and showing the NBA community that it could beat an elite team on the road. That game gave the Warriors a tremendous amount of confidence. When coach Mark Jackson’s team takes the court on Wednesday night in Oakland in the second (and final) meeting between these two teams in the regular season, Golden State will have had two full days off, while Miami will be nearing the end of a six-game road trip. The Heat will have five full days off from Jan. 18 through Jan. 22, but until then, they’re going to get put through a meat-grinder of a schedule, playing this game in Oakland on Wednesday and then at the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. If the Heat and the Warriors played a seven-game series, the Heat would win, but this is a nasty spot for the defending champions, while Golden State is going to be physically and mentally fresh.
Online football betting gurus know that the raw Xs and Os of basketball, plus many other narrow comparisons of talent and quality, don’t represent the whole story in each and every game. Sometimes, the collection of circumstances, the timing of a given clash, shapes the outcome. Golden State surprised everyone when it won in Miami earlier in the season, but in this game, the Heat do not have a good shot at gaining revenge. The Heat’s legs look dead, while Golden State is going to bounce up and down the floor with great energy and verve.
Who Will Win?
This will be a tough game for the Heat to win, as much as they might want to get even with Golden State in the two-game season series between the teams. Miami is a tired team at the moment, and it knows it will have to play a game under 24 hours after this one ends. Golden State is going to be more focused. It will take a week for Miami to get back on its feet. For now, pick the Warriors to win – it would not be an upset.
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NBA Betting Pick: Golden State