The Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks will play each other 3 times in the next 9 days. Tonight they face off in Atlanta. Can the Miami Heat make it 4 wins in a row against the Atlanta Hawks? Which team is the right NBA pick?
Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – 07:30 PM EST at State Farm Arena
The Miami Heat have won three games in a row. Tonight's game in Atlanta marks the end of a seven-game road trip. The Heat are 13-11 on the road this year. They are coming off a 123–100 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Miami will still be missing team leaders Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. Markieff Morris and KZ Okpala will still be missing time. Dewayne Dedmon is a game-time decision. Still, even without their best players, the Heat have managed to be competitive and get wins.
With Butler and Adebayo out, the Heat are led in scoring by Tyler Herro. Herro is in serious consideration for 6th Man of the Year. He leads the team in scoring at 21 points per game. While Herro is the lead scorer, the team is led in spirit by Kyle Lowry. Lowry is a dogged defender whose attitude fits "Heat Culture" to a T.
The Heat have a knack for turning bad situations into positive situations. This is the case with Ömer Yurtseven. To start the season, Yurtseven was expected to be one of the last men off the bench, only getting time in blowouts. Due to injuries to Bam Adebayo and Dewayne Dedmon, Yurtseven has been thrust into a primary role and has handled it admirably. Yurtseven is the current team leader in rebounds at 6.5 per game, impressive for a player who wasn't even expected to get serious playing time this season.
You cannot handicap a Miami Heat game without acknowledging their coaching advantage over almost every other team. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra always gets the best out of his players and his ability to lead the team to overcome these injuries and still remain competitive is a testament to his leadership ability. In close games, Spoelstra's ability to create the matchups and the proper plays out of timeouts gives the Heat a distinct advantage.
The Atlanta Hawks have had trouble following their breakout season last year, in which they made the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks have struggled with injuries as well as being hit hard by COVID. Clint Capela, De'Andre Hunter, and Cameron Reddish will all be game-time decisions.
While Miami has one game left on their road trip, this will be Atlanta's first game at home after a six-game road trip. Atlanta's trip was not a success as they were only 2-4 on the road trip. The Hawks are definitely struggling as of late. They have lost 10 games out of their last 14.
Hawks are led by Trae Young who's averaging 28 points and 10 assists per game. Young's sharpshooting playmaker ability has helped him become a true star in the NBA. The Miami Heat will definitely have a tough defensive assignment trying to stop Trae Young.
Kyle Lowry vs. Trae Young. Trae Young is the engine to the Atlanta Hawks offense and it'll be incumbent on Lowry to slow down Young. If Lowry is able to hold Young to a slow night (by his standards), the Atlanta Hawks' offense can sputter. Atlanta does have other players who can create off the dribble, but the offense is based on Young's production. Kyle Lowry has made a career of shutting down the opponent's top player.
If he is able to do it once again and hold Trae Young to a low-scoring output, the Heat will be in a great position to win.
If Young is able to score, even on the strong defense of Lowry, the Hawks will have a great chance to get in the victory.
While the Hawks are at home, the first game home from a road trip is always tough for a team. The Miami Heat understands the importance of this game and finishing this road trip strong. Even without their best players, the Heat are always competitive and should give the Hawks a run for their money. Kyle Lowry should be effective against Trae Young and turn this into a low-scoring defensive battle.
If Lowry is able to do this the Heat will be in a great position to keep the game close to cover the NBA odds and even get the victory. Today's play of the day is the Miami Heat +2 at one of the top-rated sportsbooks.
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