With three wins from their last four and a return to the defensive prowess that served them so well last season, there’s a lot to feel good about for the Miami Heat. And they’ll look to maintain their upswing on Tuesday night when the Minnesota Timberwolves come to town.
Over their last four games, the Heat haven’t conceded more than 95 points and in their three victories, they broke through the 100-point barrier, significant for a team which is 12-2 when it scores that highly. And they’re also 11-2 at home this term.
So no hope for Minnesota? Probably not here but they’re a team to watch as this campaign progresses. Ricky Rubio is expected to sit out as the Wolves limit his appearances as he returns from a torn ACL but when he gets back up to full speed, expect Minny to become a nightly threat in 2013. They’re +9 on the handicap here but Miami are capable of inflicting a bigger defeat. The best option is under the total points of 198.5, available at 1.91.
Meanwhile, injuries have been a massive factor in so many of the freak results so far and although San Antonio might have found Oklahoma City too much in Monday’s loss, the absence of Manu Ginobili certainly hurt. His status is uncertain for tonight’s trip to Denver but don’t be tempted to write off the Spurs due to fatigue.
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan sat out the fourth quarter against the Thunder to keep them fresh and they’re still 4-2 so far while playing back-to-back nights. And they’re terrific value at 2.18 to recover.
When Atlanta and Washington met a few weeks back, the Wizards were winless and the Hawks had yet to catch fire. It required overtime before Atlanta won out on a late shot from Kyle Korver but this time, the Hawks are favoured by -6.5 on the handicap and on current form, that’s a solid bet.
Bet of the Day: Take San Antonio to beat Denver at 2.18.