Wednesday NBA odds: Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets

It’s a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview on Wednesday night in the game of the night in the NBA as Miami faces Brooklyn for the final time this regular season. The Heat are 2-point favorites on

The Heat will look to avoid a rare losing streak as they were beaten 100-98 in double overtime at Boston on Wednesday in a game in which the Celtics played without point guard Rajon Rondo, who is done for the year. LeBron James had 34 points for the Heat, whose winning streak stopped at four. James and Chris Bosh each had 16 rebounds for the Heat. It was Miami’s first game in Boston since it won Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals behind James’ 45 points.

Brooklyn pounded Orlando 97-77 on Monday night. Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists, and the Nets beat the Magic for their eighth straight home victory. Brook Lopez scored 16 points and Joe Johnson had 13 for the Nets, who tied a franchise record with their 11th victory in January and can break it on Wednesday. The Nets’ home winning streak is their longest in one season since winning nine in a row in March and April, 2006. It was New Jersey’s The Nets register their 5th 20-point win this season. That’s 3 more than they had in their 3 previous seasons combined.

Williams is probable for Wednesday night’s game after missing Tuesday’s practice with flu-like symptoms. Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo is hopeful that Williams, who has missed just one game this season due to injury, will be able to play. Williams is averaging 17.1 points, 7.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds on 41.7 percent shooting.

The Heat and Nets meet for the third and final match-up this season. Miami has won both meetings so far this season and has won the last 12 straight against the Nets. Last season, Miami swept the season series 3-0, and with a win will sweep the season series for the fourth consecutive season.

On Dec. 1 in Miami, the Heat won 102-89. Wade scored 34 points and LeBron added 21 and the Heat rallied from a 14-point deficit. Andray Blatche scored 20 points for Brooklyn. Gerald Wallace had 13 points, Joe Johnson added 12 and Williams finished with 10 points and 12 assists.

Miami beat Brooklyn 103-73 in South Florida on Nov. 7. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting, and LeBron finished two assists shy of a triple-double. Miami scored 31 points off Brooklyn turnovers, and starting with the final minute of the first half, the Heat outscored the Nets 57-32. Kris Humphries had a double-double by halftime, then was silent in the second half and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets. Williams scored 14 for Brooklyn. trends: Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn. Over is 19-7-1 in the last 27 meetings in Brooklyn.


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