The 20-6 Miami Heat will travel to face the 9-22 Detroit Pistons in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Detroit is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The point spread in this NBA game has the road team Miami Heat favored by -8 ½ points with an over under line of 193 ½ points.
During the lockout year a season ago the teams met three times with Miami winning all three games and covering the spread in two of the contests.
The Heat has won six straight games and eight of their past nine games. The team has taken a different approach since November. We saw Miami struggle on defense early on and not bring the intensity to the court following their World Title. The coaching staff challenged the team to bring an April May approach in early December and the club has responded. During this positive run they have allowed no team greater than 97 points. Miami is 6-4 on the road this season and has the top field goal percentage on offense in the league as they make 49.5% of their shots. Following their Christmas Day 103-97 win at home to Oklahoma City the Heat travel to Charlotte and win 105-92 as a -9 point road favorite on a back to back.
Detroit is 6-8 straight up on their home court. They have hit a bad run as they are losers of seven of their past nine games with those two wins coming against a bad Washington team. They come off the 126-119 road double overtime loss on Wednesday to the Atlanta Hawks as a +7 ½ point underdog. The game landed over 187 points. The Pistons are led by Greg Monroe with 15 points a game and 9 rebounds.