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Trouble brewing with Heat cooling off on the road

The Miami Heat are still in control of the Southeast Division, but all is not well in South Beach right now and bettors should take notice.

Dwyane Wade found himself on the pine in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to Utah and Chris Bosh only saw 40 seconds of action in the last 16 minutes of the game. Coach Erik Spoelstra decided to play LeBron James with four bench players late in an attempt to inspire a comeback.

“I don’t know. I just stay ready,” Wade told reporters after the game. “Coach makes the calls. I’m just a player.” And Bosh recently went on the record saying the Heat weren’t doing enough to ride players with “hot hands.”

Miami has failed to cover in three of its last four games and eight of its last 10. When taking a look at the Heat’s road ATS numbers, the picture becomes even more grim. Miami is just 6-11 ATS away from South Beach and is in the midst of a West Coast swing that has the squad visiting six cities in nine days. The Heat have two stops remaining on the trip, including a highly anticipated matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday. It will be the second game of a back-to-back for Miami, which visits Golden State Wednesday.

The Lakers applied the brakes on a six-game slide at Cleveland and will try to build some momentum Tuesday night when they host Milwaukee. You can bet Los Angeles will look at the upcoming matchup with Miami as a potential game that could turn its season around.

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