Clippers, Heat, eyes to stay hot in their campaign

Clippers, Heat, eyes to stay hot in their campaign

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat are two teams who are wanting to improve their record, so both are hoping to get hot in their campaign. It will be the Heat hosting their match on December 9, 2022, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8). The hosts will be coming from a 20-point loss against the Pistons on their last game. As for the visitors, they are from a narrow win against the Hornets, which means they have areas that still needs to improve. Two teams best in defense meeting for a match, can they still stay aggressive going against each other?

During the start of their campaign, these two are two of the most impressive teams in the contest. Additionally, they are also two of the best teams who are best when it comes to defense. For this match, fans can expect an aggressive battle between these two teams. Moreover, both are eyeing to stay hot in the contest in order to improve their record in their standings. However, although defense can make a good game, both teams needs to work on their offense, as it is what wins the game.

Los Angeles Clippers

NBA: NBA: Los Angeles Clippers
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Currently at the sixth place of the Western Conference, the Clippers have one thing in mind coming into this game- to stay hot in the contest. From their last 10 meetings, they have a record of 6-4, and in this game, they still want to improve that record. Additionally, the Clippers are lucky as they were able to have Kawhi Leonard. On their last match, it was him who gave them the victory with his buzzer-beater. They won against the Hornets with a score of 119-117. Leonard’s comeback is just in-time for their aim to stay hot in the contest. However, what is challenging for the Clippers is the fact that they are on the road. They were able to improve offensively with 107.5 points per game, the second lowest in the league. As for their defense, they give up 110.1 points per game, the fifth-lowest in the tournament.

Injuries will hurt the Clippers. Guys like Kennard, Wall, Powell, and Morris, will all not play in the tournament. Expect Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to do the magic for the Clippers in this game.

Miami Heat

NBA: Miami Heat
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Currently at the 11th place in the tournament, the Heat are hoping to finally get the record they are hoping for. As they begin another match, they hope to finally get hot in the league as they are in a much-needed win which will enable them to improve their record. On their last game, they had a devastating loss against their opponents. They had a 20-point deficit in that match which they were not able to come back from. On that match, it seems like they ran out of gas in the second half. However, just like the Clippers, injuries are also hunting them. Thankfully, they also improve offensively with 109.5 points per game, the 27th highest in the league. When it comes to defense, they continuously shut down their opponents, giving up 110.2 points per game.

Vincent, and Dedmon are both unavailable in this game, while Buttler is still in doubt, but is not listed in the injured list.

Prediction:

Los Angeles Clippers
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.90

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