Betting on today's Heat and Clippers game? Catch the action at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA, as the Clippers hosts this showdown at 10:30 ET on BSSC. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 229 points, and the Clippers are favored to win at home vs. the Heat.

MIAMI HEAT VS LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -7.5

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 ET on Monday, January 1st.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 141-118 in favor of the Clippers.
  • Our projections have Kawhi Leonard finishing with Kawhi Leonard points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Clippers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 14 threes.

Can Miami Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

As the Miami Heat travel to take on the Clippers, they are the 7.5-point underdogs coming into the matchup. Before today's game, Miami is 4th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-13.

When looking at the standings, the Heat have been dominant within their own division, going 7-0. On the road, Miami's point differential is +2.7 per game compared to +.3 at home. Their road record for the season is 10-7.

Miami has put together back-to-back wins as the underdog and have gone 2-0 ATS in their last two road games. For the season, they have been the underdog 13 times and have a record of 7-6 straight up and 7-6 ATS.

The Heat's average over/under line for the season has been 222 points, and their OU record for the season is 16-16. In their last two games with higher over/under lines than 229, the Heat have an over/under record of 3-3.

Coming into today's game, the Heat are averaging 113.3 points per game and scored 109 in their last game. Jimmy Butler is the team's leading scorer with 21 PPG, while Bam Adebayo is averaging 22 PPG.

Currently, the Heat's defense holds the 7th rank in the NBA, allowing 111.7 points per game. For the season, Miami is ranked 25th in fewest fouls per game. Team's are averaging 20.9 free-throws per game vs. the Heat and have an overall field goal percentage of 47.9%.

Does Los Angeles Stand a Chance at Home?

As the Clippers get ready to host the Heat, they are favored by 7.5-points at home. Before today's game, Los Angeles is 19-12 and currently 4th in the West.

When playing at home, the Clippers have been the much better team this season, as they are 13-4 compared to 6-8 on the road (straight up).

Los Angeles has put together back-to-back wins and are also hoping to snap a couple of betting trends. The Clippers have failed to cover the spread in three straight games as the underdog and have two straight games stay below the over/under lines.

So far, the Clippers have been favored in 24 of their 31 games and have a scoring margin of +10 PPG in those games (19-5 record vs. the spread).

The average over/under line in their games this season is just below today's line of 229 at 229.4. Their over/under record for the season is currently 13-18.

In their most recent game, the Clippers' offense finished with 117 points, which is in line with their season average of 116.6 points per game. In terms of pace, the Clippers are one of the slower teams in the NBA, averaging 97.9 possessions per game. When it comes to three-point shooting, the Clippers are 19th in attempts and 7th in three-point shooting percentage.

This season, the Clippers' defense is the 10th ranked defense in the NBA at 10th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 64.5% of their games. Los Angeles' defense is currently forcing 12.5 turnovers per game, which is 11th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 15th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.3 rejections per game.