Heat vs Pelicans: NBA Betting Lines, Odds and Trends – December 25, 2020

Posted By Staff on December 25, 2020

The New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) are 4.5-point underdogs on Christmas Day when they visit the Miami Heat (0-1), tipping at 12:00 PM at American Airlines Arena ET on ESPN. The over/under for the matchup is 227.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect odds data from DraftKings Sportsbook as of December 24, 2020, 12:40 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Heat vs Pelicans Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of December 24

Heat: Gabe Vincent: Out (Right knee)

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

Heat and Pelicans Records ATS

  • Miami went over .500 against the spread last season with a record of 51-39-3.
  • The Heat were 22-12-1 against the spread in 2019-20 when they were at least a 4.5-point favorite.
  • In 55.9% of its games last season (52/93), Miami and its opponents outscored the set over/under.
  • Last season, New Orleans maintained an even 34-34-4 record ATS.
  • When playing as at least a 4.5-point underdog last season, the Pelicans often met expectations with a 9-2-1 record against the spread.
  • New Orleans and its opponents regularly covered the total points bet last season, doing so in 52.8% (38) of its 72 games played.

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Head to Head

The Pelicans got a team-high 20 points out of Jrue Holiday on the way to a 110-104 victory over Jimmy Butler (28 points) and the Heat in their last matchup on Friday. The Pelicans were 1.5-point favorites in the game and covered the spread in the win. The teams combined to score 214 total points to finish under the 231.5-point over/under.

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
3/6/2020 Pelicans Pelicans -1.5 231.5 -120 101 Regular Season 110-104 NO*
11/16/2019 Heat Heat -8 225.5 -365 289 Regular Season 109-94 MIA*
12/16/2018 Pelicans Regular Season 102-96 MIA
11/30/2018 Heat Regular Season 106-101 MIA
2/23/2018 Pelicans Regular Season 124-123 NO
12/23/2017 Heat Regular Season 109-94 NO
3/15/2017 Heat Regular Season 120-112 MIA
12/23/2016 Pelicans Regular Season 91-87 NO
3/22/2016 Pelicans Regular Season 113-99 MIA
12/25/2015 Heat Regular Season 94-88 MIA
  • 3/6/2020 DNP – Heat: Tyler Herro; Pelicans: JJ Redick
  • 11/16/2019 DNP – Heat: Goran Dragic; Pelicans: Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, JJ Redick, Lonzo Ball
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Scoring Trends

  • In Miami’s matchups last season, the Heat and their opponents went over Friday’s over/under of 227.5 points 37 times (39.4% of opportunities).
  • In 41 out of New Orleans’ 72 games last year (56.9%), the competing teams scored more points than the total in Friday’s matchup.
  • The Heat saw a 220.4 average over/under in their games last season, 7.1 points fewer than the over/under in this contest.
  • A difference of 5.5 points separates the average total points bet in Pelicans’ games (233 points) and this matchup’s over/under (227.5 points).
  • The Heat had an average implied point total of 112 last season, which is four points lower than their implied total in Friday’s game (116).
  • Last season, Miami outscored its implied point total for this matchup (116) 34 times.
  • The average implied point total last season for the Pelicans (118.6) is 6.6 more points than the team’s implied total in this matchup (112).
  • New Orleans totaled more than 112 points in 46 games last season.
  • Last season, the Heat were the league’s 15th-highest scoring team (111.6 PPG), while the Pelicans allowed the 27th-fewest points per game (117.1) in NBA play.
  • The Heat totaled 257 more points than their opponents last season (2.7 per game on average), while the Pelicans were out-scored by 93 total points (1.3 per game average differential).

Heat Leaders

  • Butler scored 19.9 points per game and averaged 6.0 assists per game last season.
  • Bam Adebayo grabbed 10.2 rebounds per game.
  • Butler grabbed 1.8 per game. Adebayo averaged 1.3 blocks a game.

Pelicans Leaders

  • Brandon Ingram racked up 23.8 points per game last season.
  • Steven Adams collected 9.2 rebounds per game and Lonzo Ball dished out 7.0 assists per matchup.
  • Ball grabbed 1.4 per game. Adams averaged 1.1 blocks a game.

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