With eight wins, the Miami Heat had more wins than any other team in the Eastern Conference entering Monday's action.
But the Heat have been without Dwyane Wade for the last two games with a foot injury that may also keep him out of Wednesday night's game against Milwaukee. Here's a look at that game and some of the other key NBA betting matchups happening this week.
Since firing former head coach Mike Brown, the Los Angeles Lakers are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games, and the Lakers have averaged 116.5 points per game over their last two games. However, while the 4-1 record is nice, all four wins came against teams with losing records. They'll face a tougher opponent on Tuesday night.
The Brooklyn Nets have won five straight games and are 3-1-1 ATS over that stretch. Los Angeles is a perfect 8-0 SU in its last eight games against the Nets and are 5-3 ATS in that span, but the Nets have covered the spread in each of the last three meetings, including two at Staples Center.
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat (Wednesday, 7:30 PM ET)
Even without Dwyane Wade in their last two games, the Miami Heat managed a 2-0 SU and ATS record to improve to 8-3 SU and 6-5 ATS on the season. The Heat return home Wednesday, where they are 16-2 SU and 13-4-1 ATS over their last 18 games.
Milwaukee is off to a 6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS start, fueled by a 3-1 SU and ATS record on the road. The Bucks are 11-5 SU and ATS over their last 16 road games dating back to last season. The Bucks have also enjoyed recent success against Miami with a 3-1 SU and ATS record against the Heat over their last four meetings.
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will collide in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when the Thunder (8-3 SU, 5-4-2 ATS) host the Los Angeles Clippers (8-2 SU and ATS).
Los Angeles has held the upper hand in this rivalry recently with a 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS record in its last six games against Oklahoma City. With that said, the Thunder are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in their last four games against the Clippers at home and are 12-3 SU and 9-5-1 ATS in their last 15 home games overall.
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