Bridges leads Brooklyn against Miami after 45-point game

Miami Heat (10-6, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6-8, 11th in the Eastern Conference)

New York; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Nets -4; over/under is 218.5

BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn hosts the Miami Heat after Mikal Bridges scored 45 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ 147-145 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Nets are 5-7 against conference opponents. Brooklyn has a 2-3 record in games decided by at least 10 points.

The Heat are 7-5 in Eastern Conference play. Miami is 2-1 in games decided by 10 or more points.

The Nets are shooting 46.8% from the field this season, 0.3 percentage points lower than the 47.1% the Heat allow to opponents. The Nets average 110.6 points per game, 5.6 fewer points than the 116.2 the Nets give up to opponents.

The teams play for the third time this season. The Heat won the last matchup 122-115 on Nov. 17. Jimmy Butler scored 36 points to help lead the Heat to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bridges is averaging 22.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Nets. Lonnie Walker IV is averaging 15.7 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.

Bam Adebayo is scoring 22.7 points per game with 10.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Heat. Butler is averaging 20.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 49.2% over the last 10 games for Miami.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nets: 4-6, averaging 114.0 points, 47.6 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 5.4 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.2 points per game.

Heat: 8-2, averaging 112.6 points, 40.1 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 9.5 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.9 points.

INJURIES: Nets: Dennis Smith Jr.: out (back), Cam Thomas: out (ankle), Ben Simmons: out (hip).

Heat: R.J. Hampton: out (knee), Dru Smith: out for season (knee), Duncan Robinson: out (thumb), Tyler Herro: out (ankle).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.