Here we have the Heat vs Hawks Betting Odds, an overview, and the prediction for this NBA Play-In Tournament game.
For the first time since the NBA Play-In Tournament began in 2020, there will be a rematch from the playoffs the year before.
The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament starts when the 7th-seeded Heat host the 8th-seeded Hawks. The winner will move on to the first round and play the 2nd-seeded Celtics. A year ago, the Heat were the top team in the East and beat the eighth-place Hawks in five games to start the playoffs.
Since then, a lot has changed, but many of the most important people have stayed the same. In Miami, the guys are still Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. Adebayo is the only one who made the All-Star team this year, but Butler had an All-NBA season with averages of 22.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.
In a game where the winner takes all, Butler is one of the scariest players.
On the Atlanta team, things still start with Trae Young, but he now has Dejounte Murray to help him out in the backcourt. Clint Capela, John Collins, and De’Andre Hunter are also very good players, but the backcourt duo is the best.
Both the Heat and the Hawks make it to the Play-In Tournament after having ups and downs in their regular seasons. Even though Miami has had some injuries, it is still one of the toughest teams in the NBA. Atlanta has been stuck around.500 for a while, but since they hired Quin Snyder as head coach in the middle of the season, they have a new sense of direction.
To start the NBA Playoffs, which team will be going to Boston? Before the Play-In Tournament game between the Heat and the Hawks, the Sporting News has everything you need to know.
Heat vs Hawks Betting Odds
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- Atlanta Hawks: Point Spread +5 -110, Moneyline +170,
- Miami Heat: Point Spread -5 -110, Moneyline -200
- Total 227.5 Over/Under
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Heat vs. Hawks regular season games in 2022–2023
This season, Miami beat Atlanta three out of the four times they played, but every game was decided by less than 10 points.
- Heat 106, Hawks 98, November 27, 2022
- Hawks 121, Heat 113, Jan. 16, 2023
- Heat 117, Hawks 109, March 4, 2023
- Heat 130, Hawks 128: March 6, 2023
Butler played in three of the four games against the Hawks this season. He averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 6.3 rebounds.
Young really struggled in his four games against Miami. He averaged 19.8 points and 9.8 assists while shooting 35.6 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from 3-point range.
In the last game of the season, Butler had 26 points (on 8 of 14 shots), 10 rebounds, and nine assists, which was one assist short of a triple-double. He helped Miami win by a narrow margin.
The Dejounte Murray effect is the main plot of the Heat vs. Hawks game
On defense, the Heat have all the players they need to make Young’s life hard. In the past, they have always done that.
The length of the Miami team was a problem for the two-time All-Star in last year’s playoffs. In the first round, he averaged 15.4 points and 6.0 assists while shooting 31.9 percent from the field and 18.4 percent from 3-point range. Miami also made Young turn the ball over 31 times in only five games.
In one series, the Heat figured out how to slow down Young, who was Atlanta’s main and secondary ballhandler at the time.
In order to stop teams from using these kinds of strategies in the future, the Hawks made a big move to get Murray this offseason. By doing so, they added a player who can help Young make fewer plays and make it harder for teams to try to shut him down completely.
The two are still getting used to living together, but Murray has been an important part of the Hawks’ success this season, averaging 20.5 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.3 rebounds over 74 games.
The Play-In game on Tuesday will show a lot about what Murray can do for the Hawks now and in the future as they try to become perennial contenders.
Heat vs Hawks Prediction
The Heat will win.
Young did well in the Play-In Tournament last year, but his problems with the Heat are too big to ignore. When you add in Butler’s ability to take over in a winner-take-all situation, the Heat have the upper hand in this game, especially at home.
Other than Butler, Miami should get the aggressive version of Adebayo, who should be involved right away given how many players Atlanta has in its frontcourt.
Miami knows it has a chance to take care of business and move on to Saturday’s game against Boston. That’s all this Heat team needs to get going.