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NBA : First Half Matchup
Friday 12/7/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



MIAMI (9 - 14) at PHOENIX (4 - 21)
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Board First Half
MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-14-13.110-1313-10107.454.443.2%57.9109.454.244.6%56.2
Road Games4-5-1.45-46-3110.455.943.5%57.1111.856.245.3%58.2
Last 5 Games2-3-3.13-22-3105.254.042.2%55.0109.254.646.1%56.2
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.454.439-9043.2%12-3336.1%18-2569.9%581322237157
vs opponents surrendering111.756.141-8946.2%11-3135.7%18-2376.8%541124228155
Team Stats (Road Games)110.455.940-9243.5%12-3435.4%19-2671.0%571322247156
Stats Against (All Games)109.454.240-8944.6%11-3036.2%19-2676.0%561122237146
vs opponents averaging110.355.341-8945.8%11-3134.6%18-2375.9%531024228145
Stats Against (Road Games)111.856.241-9145.3%10-2934.5%20-2675.6%581124248157

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games4-21-15.48-1710-15102.450.345.3%47.1113.858.248.4%55.2
Home Games3-9-4.25-74-8102.148.845.6%48.7109.554.046.9%53.9
Last 5 Games0-5-50-51-494.244.841.2%46.6112.858.249.2%60.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.450.339-8545.3%10-3133.0%15-1977.4%47823248164
vs opponents surrendering108.954.540-8945.3%11-3134.6%18-2376.5%531024228145
Team Stats (Home Games)102.148.838-8445.6%11-3136.1%14-1876.4%49824227164
Stats Against (All Games)113.858.242-8748.4%10-2835.0%20-2775.4%551125199155
vs opponents averaging111.255.841-8946.3%11-3035.3%18-2375.9%541024228145
Stats Against (Home Games)109.554.041-8746.9%9-2833.1%19-2575.0%541124189135
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 95,  PHOENIX 97
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2018@ CHARLOTTE113-125L3.5L221O41-8747.1%411544-8154.3%5114
11/3/2018@ ATLANTA118-123L-5.5L225.5O41-8647.7%491646-8852.3%4916
11/5/2018@ DETROIT120-115W2.5W219.5O44-9844.9%641743-10441.3%7220
11/7/2018SAN ANTONIO95-88W-1W216.5U36-9338.7%691331-9433.0%5712
11/14/2018@ BROOKLYN120-107W-2W214O46-8554.1%551741-10240.2%6015
11/16/2018@ INDIANA91-99L5L213.5U35-9337.6%561636-8144.4%5219
11/18/2018LA LAKERS97-113L1.5L224.5U35-8740.2%581242-9544.2%559
11/23/2018@ CHICAGO103-96W-4W213U37-8742.5%591435-9437.2%6318
11/25/2018@ TORONTO115-125L12W215O39-9541.1%56747-9052.2%589
11/30/2018NEW ORLEANS106-101W3W228U40-9343.0%581035-8242.7%5516
12/7/2018@ PHOENIX              
12/8/2018@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/10/2018@ LA LAKERS              
12/12/2018@ UTAH              
12/14/2018@ MEMPHIS              
12/16/2018@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/23/2018@ ORLANDO              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/28/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY110-117L13.5W219O38-8644.2%492243-8550.6%5315
10/31/2018SAN ANTONIO90-120L6.5L215U35-9038.9%441546-8355.4%5414
11/10/2018@ NEW ORLEANS99-119L9L228.5U35-8640.7%411442-8648.8%6018
11/12/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY101-118L8L214.5O39-8148.1%441843-9246.7%5113
11/14/2018SAN ANTONIO116-96W6W213U47-8456.0%401635-8342.2%5118
11/17/2018OKLAHOMA CITY100-110L4.5L216.5U37-8245.1%421438-8544.7%6218
11/19/2018@ PHILADELPHIA114-119L11W219.5O44-8750.6%411341-8448.8%6719
11/21/2018@ CHICAGO116-124L-1.5L217.5O48-9849.0%441346-8156.8%4417
11/23/2018@ MILWAUKEE116-114W13.5W232.5U45-9050.0%501142-8748.3%5514
11/25/2018@ DETROIT107-118L8.5L221.5O42-8251.2%491743-9346.2%5612
11/28/2018@ LA CLIPPERS99-115L12L229U39-8943.8%441640-8646.5%6521
12/2/2018@ LA LAKERS96-120L12L221U37-9339.8%451546-9250.0%6519
12/6/2018@ PORTLAND86-108L12.5L210.5U35-9138.5%471641-8548.2%6617
12/10/2018LA CLIPPERS              
12/11/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/17/2018@ NEW YORK              
12/19/2018@ BOSTON              
12/22/2018@ WASHINGTON              
12/23/2018@ BROOKLYN              
MIAMI: LAST SEASON: 44-38, lost in Eastern Conference first round.
COACH: Erik Spoelstra (11th season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Goran Dragic (17.3 ppg), G Tyler Johnson (11.7 ppg), F Josh Richardson (12.9 ppg), F Kelly Olynyk (11.5 ppg), C Hassan Whiteside (14.0 ppg).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It's the final season for Dwyane Wade, who is still going to be a vital piece of the puzzle if Miami is going to have success this season. Whiteside needs to return to past form, after a frustrating 2017-18 season where he was dogged by injuries.
OUTLOOK: The Heat brought back virtually the same team, with the exception of some new players on two-way deals. It speaks to a few things ' how they didn't have much financial flexibility this summer with so many players under long-term contracts, but also a belief that if healthy Miami can compete in an East that no longer has LeBron James. That being said, the health concerns are already evident in how Dion Waiters won't be ready to return for several more weeks while he continues rehabbing his surgically repaired ankle and James Johnson missed the preseason while recovering from hernia surgery.
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 21-61, missed playoffs.
COACH: Igor Kokoskov (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Devin Booker (24.9 ppg), G Shaquille Harrison (6.6 ppg), F Trevor Ariza (11.7 ppg, Houston), F Ryan Anderson (9.3 ppg), C Deandre Ayton (rookie, 20.1 ppg at Arizona).
KEY LOSSES: F Marquese Chriss, C Alex Len, F Jared Dudley
KEY ADDITIONS: Ariza, Anderson, Ayton, G Mikhal Bridges
PLAYERS TO WATCH: First and foremost is Ayton, the 7-foot-1 multi-skilled big man chosen No. 1 overall in the draft. Kokoskov sees him as a rim protector on defense and he possesses a soft outside touch to go with bruising, athletic inside moves. The question is how he handles the much tougher world of the NBA. Also, Booker. He underwent hand surgery and missed the preseason, athough he did a lot of left-handed workouts. He wants to be back by the season opener and is anxious to prove he was worth that five-year, $158 million contract he signed in the offseason.
OUTLOOK: It's been a long time since this franchise was relevant and there is more turmoil as this season begins. Nine days before the opener, Suns owner Robert Sarver fired general manager Ryan McDonough. There is no true proven point guard on the roster and who knows whether the team can find one. The hope rests with Booker, Ayton and Josh Jackson, who will come off the bench at least initially. Kokoskov is widely respected. But it's hard to see that eight-year absence from the postseason ending anytime soon.
Suns-Heat: Two struggling teams meet in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Two teams looking to get back on track will meet when the Miami Heat open a six-game road trip at Phoenix against the Suns on Friday.

The Heat have lost six of nine after falling by 15 points to Orlando on Tuesday. Second-leading scorer Goran Dragic missed his eighth straight game with a knee injury that night, and center Hassan Whiteside went to the locker room with 40 seconds remaining to go to the bathroom.

The Suns, off to the worst start in franchise history at 4-21, will play the second of a back-to-back set after losing at Portland 108-86 on Thursday.

The Suns, who have been playing short-handed without top scorers Devin Booker and T.J. Warren for most of the last four games, were booed off the floor of their last home game when they were outscored 36-9 in the first quarter of a 122-105 loss to Sacramento on Tuesday.

Miami also is having trouble stringing victories together because of injuries, former Sun Dragic's knee being the most persistent.

"The lack of consistency is killing us right now," coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the Orlando game.

The Heat (9-14) may go with another makeshift lineup in Phoenix. Dragic is not expected to play, and both Whiteside and Wayne Ellington did not accompany the team to Phoenix for personal reasons.

Ellington remained behind for the birth of his first child, but the Heat did not explain Whiteside's absence from the team flight. Whiteside said he left the bench Tuesday because ... well, when you have to go, you have to go.

"I didn't know it was going to be as big a deal as it was," Whiteside told reporters after the game. "But I had to go to the bathroom. I'm sorry if that makes me a bad guy."

Whiteside is averaging 13.5 points and 13.7 rebounds, second in the league in rebounding, and he has led the Heat in rebounding in 20 of his 22 games. Bam Adebayo started at center in the game Whiteside has missed this season because of a knee injury.

"What I want everybody ... if they are angry, frustrated, pissed, funnel it into the team until we get the changes that we want," Spoelstra said. "That's it. We have enough to be able to push this thing forward the way we want to."

Josh Richardson leads the Heat with a 19.7 scoring average, and Dwyane Wade is third at 15.1 points while coming off the bench in what he has said will be his last season. He has embraced a leadership role this season.

"I know it is necessary and it is important this year," he told reporters. "As you have young guys that you are trying to help to that next stage. It's important for those guys to kind of hear and see, watch what it takes to lead, because they are going to be in that situation."

The Heat will play the next two games against the Los Angeles teams before finishing the trip with stops in Utah, Memphis and New Orleans.

Richardson said the trip could help the team build a positive vibe.

"First of all, I think it'll be cool to go out there and get a change of scenery, seeing some other places," Richardson told reporters. "I think momentum's a big thing in this league."

The Suns will play home games in four of the next five contests with a chance to pick up ground, although their three home victories are tied for the fewest in the league.

Phoenix played its lowest-scoring and least effective quarter of the season in the 36-9 first quarter against the Kings, when they made three field goals, committed seven turnovers and provided little resistance on the defensive end.

Looking for a spark, coach Igor Kokoskov went to his bench less than four minutes into the first quarter.

Center Deandre Ayton did not start for the first time this season at Portland, with Richaun Holmes getting the nod. Ayton, the subject of criticism for his transition defense after the Sacramento game, had 11 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench against the Blazers.

"He can do better when it comes to reaction and hustling back," Kokoskov told reporters. "He was nothing but a truck in the field. But he wasn't the only guy. He didn't come ready to play and there were some other guys who showed up better prepared, more focused, played harder."

Rookie guard De'Anthony Melton, who has spent most of the season with Northern Arizona in the G League, had a season-high 21 points and five assists and made 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range in 23 minutes against the Kings. He had seven points against Portland.

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