The Miami Heat visit the Brooklyn Nets in the teams’ second preseason game.
The Heat reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, then lost to the Boston Celtics in seven. Also last season, Brooklyn was swept by that same Celtics team, that after entering the season was one of the choices to win the championship.
Brooklyn is tied with the third-best NBA title odds at +650, while Miami is listed at +1800.
Heat Get Over Hump?
The Heat nearly advanced to their second Finals in three seasons this past postseason, but they just couldn’t get past Boston. Miami will be looking to capitalize on another season with Jimmy Butler, the 14th choice in the NBA MVP lines (+5000) at BetUS sportsbook.
The team around him is built with several quality players on the roster, which gives coach Erik Spoelstra plenty of options.
Bam Adebayo is a threat with both his offensive and defensive versatility, especially when it comes to his scoring in the post, playmaking and ability to guard any position.
Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Max Strus should continue providing timely scoring.
Veterans Kyle Lowry and Victor Oladipo need to remain healthy, however, as both former All-Stars can still be extremely productive when on the court.
Nets Out to Forgive, Forget
Kevin Durant decided to rescind his trade request after an offseason filled with drama. He’s listed at +1000 in odds to win MVP honors this season.
Durant’s still arguably the best player in the league, with an ability to easily score while taking over during crunch time of games. He ended 2021-22 averaging just under 30 points in 55 games, so not a sufficient sample size to rank among the leaders.
Brooklyn still runs through him, starring while playing within the confines of the team is not an easy thing to do.
Kyrie Irving opted back into the fold after a season (and offseason) filled with uncertainty, Brooklyn refusing to give him a new pact.
Irving did appear in just 29 games a season ago, averaging 27.4 ppg. As with Dutant, that figure would’ve easily ranked Irving among the league leaders in scoring, had he played in a requisite number of games.
Now, Ben Simmons, acquired in the trade that sent James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers, is another legit playmaker and defensive presence this team has sorely needed. Whether he’s fully recovered after back surgery remains to be seen.
If this all works according to plan, the Nets should be able to get to the Finals this season and potentially win a title. If you are going to bet online on the Nets to lift the trophy, do it soon as the odds are bound to lower shortly.
Heat vs Nets Head-to-Head
The Heat had the Nets’ number last season, as they went 3-1 against them.
However, they only faced off against the duo of Durant and Irving once last season, in a loss by the Heat,
Heat vs Nets Game Information
- Game: Heat vs Nets
- Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Day/Time: Thursday, Oct. 6th, 7:30 p.m. EST
- Live stream: NBA Game Pass