Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat 12/3/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The GOLDEN STATE and the MIAMI will both be gunning for a victory on 12/3/2017 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

GOLDEN STATE vs MIAMI
When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 3, 2017
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
703 GOLDEN STATE 10 (-110) 220 (-110) -550
375
704 MIAMI

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State), FS Sun (Miami)
LINE: 10
PREDICTION: Warriors 116, Heat 106

Oddsmakers currently have the MIAMI listed as 10 point favorites versus the GOLDEN STATE, while the game’s total is sitting at 220.

MIAMI — Congratulations, Miami Heat, you just broke a two-game losing streak.

Your reward: A date Sunday night against the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors (17-6). Besides winning the league title in two of the past three years, the Warriors are also the favorites this season and are in fine form at the moment.

The Warriors dished out an NBA season-high 46 assists — one short of their franchise record — Friday night in a 133-112 victory at the Orlando Magic.

“Forty-six assists is insane,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told sfgame.com after a game in which his team scored 41 points in the first quarter and 78 for the half. “If we can play with that kind of energy — with a little better judgment and defense — then we are on to something.”

Meanwhile, the Heat (11-11) are still trying to get untracked. After failing to make the playoffs last season with a 41-41 record — they were awful in the first half of the year and brilliant in the second — the Heat is once again mediocre through the 2017-2018 quarter-pole.

Worse yet, the Heat will be without center Hassan Whiteside, who is expected to miss at least two weeks because of a bone bruise on his left knee.

“I’m frustrated by it,” Whiteside told The Miami Herald. “But I’m not missing months. I’m not missing a significant amount of time.

“It could be worse. You’ve got guys missing a year-plus. I’m relieved I don’t have to go through that stuff.”

The Heat, who are starting rookie first-round pick Bam Adebayo in place of Whiteside, will likely play a perimeter-based game in an effort to keep up with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and the rest of the lethal Warriors’ attack.

On Friday against the Charlotte Hornets, the Heat set a franchise record with their 12th straight game with double-digit 3-pointers made. The Houston Rockets are the only NBA team with a longer active streak.

Miami small forward Josh Richardson, who scored a career-high 27 points against Charlotte, is part of that perimeter attack that is hoping to beat Golden State at its own game. Miami’s other 3-point shooters include Wayne Ellington, Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson.

Big men Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson can also shoot the ball with range. In fact, Olynyk leads Miami with 47.4 percent accuracy on 3-pointers. Ellington is second at 42.1 percent.

But Richardson is focused on defense, which is a good thing since the Warriors just blistered Orlando with 62.5 percent shooting.

“My game doesn’t start with offense — it starts with defense,” Richardson said. “It doesn’t matter how I’m shooting. If I score 27 points or two, I’m still going to guard my man as hard as I can.”

Every Heat player on the court Sunday will need that mentality as Golden State comes in playing exceptionally well. Thompson scored 27 points against Orlando, Durant had 25 points and seven assists, and Curry recorded 23 points and 10 assists.

“We moved well without the ball,” Durant told sfgate.com, “all of us.”

Last season, the Warriors ranked third in NBA history with 30.4 assists per game, making an art form out of the extra pass.

That style has not abated this season, and now it’s the Heat’s job to at least try to slow down the Warriors.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors SF Andre Iguodala (knee) sat out Friday and is day-to-day.

2. Heat PG Goran Dragic is 7-of-29 from the floor over the last three games.

3. Golden State took six of the last seven meetings but fell at Miami 105-102 last season.

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 17-6 W2 8-3 9-3 2-1 15-5 2-1 8-4
Miami 11-11 W1 5-5 6-6 2-2 9-9 3-2 7-7

LAST MEETING

Golden State Miami
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/6/17 MIA 80 GS 97 97 51 36.8 80 44 36.1

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
GS K. Durant 21 38.5 10
MIA J. Johnson 21 46.7 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
GS D. Green 9 2 7
MIA J. Johnson 9 1 8
Assists Player
GS K. Durant 6
MIA J. Johnson 6
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
GS S. Curry 545 46.4 128
MIA G. Dragic 390 45.3 66
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
GS D. Green 160 26 134
MIA H. Whiteside 202 44 158
Assists Player
GS D. Green 154
MIA G. Dragic 103

LAST MEETING

L.A. Clippers Minnesota
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/8/17 LAC 91 MIN 107 91 36 42.2 107 50 48.8

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC D. Jordan 20 81.8 2
MIN K. Towns 29 66.7 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 13 5 8
MIN K. Towns 14 4 10
Assists Player
LAC C. Paul 10
MIN R. Rubio 12
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAC B. Griffin 448 42.5 107
MIN K. Towns 487 52.4 90
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAC D. Jordan 293 98 195
MIN K. Towns 272 64 208
Assists Player
LAC B. Griffin 96
MIN J. Teague 154

LAST MEETING

San Antonio Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/17/17 OKC 101 SA 104 104 44 44.2 101 41 43.8

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA L. Aldridge 26 57.1 10
OKC C. Anthony 20 52.9 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA L. Aldridge 9 5 4
OKC R. Westbrook 9 3 6
Assists Player
SA K. Anderson 6
OKC R. Westbrook 9
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA L. Aldridge 507 51.6 100
OKC R. Westbrook 462 40.0 101
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA P. Gasol 194 36 158
OKC R. Westbrook 192 33 159
Assists Player
SA P. Gasol 85
OKC R. Westbrook 203

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