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Heat at Nets: What bettors need to know

Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets (+2, 189.5)

The Miami Heat don't have much to improve upon as they enter the second half of their season - but they'd love to be better on the road. The Heat will look to improve their record away from Miami as they visit the Brooklyn Nets in a Wednesday showdown between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Miami is coming off a 100-98 double-overtime loss in Boston that dropped the Heat to 10-10 on the road. The Nets halted a two-game skid with a 97-77 win over Orlando on Monday.

While Miami aims to improve its fortunes on the road, the Nets will take any victory it can get against the powerhouse Heat. Brooklyn has dropped 12 consecutive games against Miami and has been outscored by 43 points in the first two meetings this season. Wednesday represents the start of a pivotal three-game stretch for the Nets, who will host the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers on the back end of the four-game homestand. Brooklyn comes into the night three games back of Miami atop the East.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, Sun Sports (Miami), YES (Brooklyn)

CONSENSUS: 70 percent of Covers Consensus picks are on Miami while 63 percent are on the over.

ABOUT THE HEAT (28-13, 20-21-0 ATS):
Miami's three-star system occasionally becomes more of a two-man show - and head coach Eric Spoelstra would like to change that. While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade guided the offense as usual in Sunday's crushing loss to the Celtics, forward Chris Bosh was limited to three shot attempts in the second half and overtime. Bosh is the team's best shooter at 54.3 percent but is down to his fewest attempts since his rookie 2003-04 season. "He’s one of our best players, one of our best shooters ... three shots is definitely not enough for him,” James said. “We’ve got to do a better job of just trying to find him."

ABOUT THE NETS (27-18, 21-21-3 ATS): LeBron James may not have many fans in the New York area, but you can count Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo as one of them. Carlesimo raved about James when discussing his team's chances against the powerhouse Heat. "You think how can this guy who can play the way he does and dominate, how does he keep getting better?" Carlesimo told the New York Daily News. “What fuels him is to be the best and to win, and the guys that I see that all the time with Kobe, Michael, and I see it with LeBron right now. And it’s a scary thing." James averaged 20.5 points in the first two games of the series.

TRENDS:


* Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Brooklyn.
* Over is 19-7-1 in the last 27 meetings in Brooklyn.

BUZZER BEATERS:


1. Bosh averages 12.2 shot attempts per game, well back of James (18.8) and Wade (15.3).

2. The Heat and Nets are the only two teams in the league to have three players averaging at least 17 points per game.

3. Brooklyn is 13-4 since Carlesimo took over for fired coach Avery Johnson.

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