Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers 11/11/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers Matchup Preview (11/11/21)
The Miami Heat (7-3) will stay an extra night in Los Angeles to face the Los Angeles Clippers (6-4) after playing the Lakers the night before. While the Heat have been healthy, save Victor Oladipo, the Clippers have not had much luck for the majority of the season. Los Angeles has been without Kawhi Leonard for its first ten games and Marcus Morris Sr for eight. Morris and Leonard are both regular starters for the Clippers, so their injuries have hugely impacted the team. Still, the Clippers have played fairly well recently, rattling off five straight wins. While the quality of competition has not been near the Miami Heat’s talent, it is still promising to see them win games that they are supposed to win. Meanwhile, the Heat have been great in some games but inconsistent in others. The outcome of their games usually depends on their efficiency on offense, as they have one of the best defenses in the NBA.
Miami will need to play efficiently on offense if it wants to win against the Clippers on the road. The Heat usually play great defense, as they rank second in opponent points per game, fourth in defensive efficiency, and fifth in eFG% (effective field goal percentage) through their first ten games. Miami is far more likely to have an “off night” on the offensive end than the defensive end, so it needs to shoot very well, particularly behind the arc.
The Clippers can get a tough home win against the Heat by having several guys step up offensively. While they shoot the ball well behind the arc, ranking seventh in 3P% (three-point percentage) in the NBA, they are middle-of-the-road in most other key offensive metrics. Los Angeles plays terrific defense for the most part, so if it can contain Miami on the defensive end and get some other players besides Paul George to step up offensively, then the Clippers could win this game.
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds
The Heat versus Clippers game does not have any odds yet, but the table above will populate with the odds once the major sportsbooks drop them.
I love the under in this game anywhere around 217-220. The under has been hitting a historical amount, which is largely due to the change in officiating (i.e., players aren’t getting calls when they throw their bodies into defenders). Several players have struggled because of the change in officiating, and it seems like Vegas has not yet corrected. Meanwhile, Miami (5-5) and Los Angeles (4-6) have both been average when it comes to the point total. Additionally, the Heat and Clippers have two of the top defenses in the NBA right now, and I expect both teams to struggle to score at times on each other. All it takes is one low-scoring quarter sometimes to make the under hit, and I think we will see that in the fourth quarter.
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Time: 10:30 PM ET
Arena: Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Channel: NBA TV
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Miami Heat Starting Lineup
Miami Heat Analysis
When the Miami Heat added Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker this offseason, they knew that they had all of the pieces in place to make a run at an NBA Championship. Now, Miami is towards the top in the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 record and several players playing the best basketball in their careers, including Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, and Tyler Herro. Butler and Herro are averaging over 20 points per game, while Adebayo is not far behind with 18.3 points per game. The culture that Miami has built, especially on the defensive end, will let the Heat go very far, possibly even to the NBA Finals.
Los Angeles Clippers Starting Lineup
Los Angeles Clippers Analysis
Los Angeles is riding a five-game win streak, rattling off wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves (twice), Charlotte Hornets, and Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers seem to be clicking a bit more than they did at the beginning of the season, despite not having Kawhi Leonard back from his knee injury and losing other players, like Marcus Morris Sr, to injury early in the year. They have been terrific on the defensive end, ranking third in defensive efficiency, seventh in opponent points per game, and sixth in opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage). While it is still early in the season, this is very encouraging as the Clippers have not been near their offensive potential yet.
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers Daily Fantasy Picks
Interestingly enough, two of the top four scorers for the Los Angeles Clippers through their first ten games have come off the bench in every single game. One of which is sharpshooter Luke Kennard, who averages the third-most points per game for the Clippers. Kennard puts up 11.9 points, grabs 3.2 rebounds, and dishes out 2.1 assists per game this season, and has become a contributor within the offense. Kennard can be sporadic in his scoring, but if you get him on the right night, he can definitely win you money in DFS.
Jimmy Butler is the biggest offensive producer for the Miami Heat; he also plays the most minutes, averaging 35.1 minutes per game, nearly three minutes more than the next closest player on the Heat’s roster. In short, Butler is used a ton in Miami’s offense and needs to be on the floor more than any other player. That mindset has allowed Butler to put up 25.3 points, six rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.1 steals per game for the Miami Heat so far in the 2021-22 NBA season.