Miami Heat @ Golden State Warriors – Wednesday January 16, 2013 10:30PM EST
Things have not been going very well for the Miami Heat as of late. In the stretch of 10 games that ended on Friday of this week, the Heat put up a mediocre 5-5 record. The betting public sees an even bigger concern for Miami than its recent record. The Heat has a 7-8 record on the road, and that is not going to win a lot of playoff games in the post-season. The players in Miami would argue that this is the regular season and not the playoffs. But any championship caliber NBA player will tell you that good habits start in the regular season and carry over to the playoffs.
The sports betting world is pretty impressed with the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is 11-5 at home and 11-7 on the road. That is the sign of a very balanced team and a team that is developing good habits early. While the Warriors has been facing challenges as of late, Golden State is still making waves in the Pacific Division as it works hard to keep pace with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors is exactly the kind of determined and focused team that the Miami Heat does not want to play at this point in the season.
The sports betting sites note that the Heat does not have any key injured players or any other excuse that could explain away its poor play on the road. The truth is that the Miami Heat simply looks flat and disinterested in playing the game when it is in someone else’s building. Every team in the league is gunning for Miami, and that makes each Miami road game very special to the hosting team. If the Heat does not care whether it wins or loses on the road at this point in the season, how will it expect to care when the playoffs begin? If Miami is relying on its home record to make the playoffs, then it may be in for quite a surprise.
Golden State Warriors
The sportsbook experts have a lot of respect for the way in which the Warriors is handling itself. There were some fairly significant changes made to the Golden State roster just prior to this season, but this has actually been a team that has been slowly evolving over the past few years. The Warriors should be considered playoff contenders at this point, but the team is still a player or two away from being championship contenders.
The Bottom Line
Fans of the Miami Heat need to be concerned with the team’s lack of passion on the road. While it is understandable that the Heat would want to conserve energy and avoid injuries throughout the regular season, those practices set a bad tone for the playoffs. The Warriors intend to take advantage of Miami’s uninspired play on the road.
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Pick: Golden State Warriors