Coming off their first win over the Brooklyn Nets in 16 months, the Miami Heat look for a quick 2-0m lead in Game 2 of the 2014 NBA playoffs on ESPN-2 (TV and live stream online). As a May 8 ESPN preview dictates, American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. will be the site for this Eastern Conference semifinal game this evening.
Opening tipoff is scheduled for just after 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST/5 p.m. MST/4 p.m. PST) – and because of the NFL Draft 2014 – will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and streaming live on ESPN-GO. Miami, the No.2 team in the conference, is coming off a 21-point rout of sixth-seeded Brooklyn in the opener.
A May 6 Yahoo! Sports report breaks down the Heat’s dominant win over the Nets, which was predicated on five players scoring in the double digits. Led by LeBron James 22 points and Ray Allen’s 19 off the bench, the 2-time defending champs snapped their losing streak versus the Nets with an emphatic, 107-86 victory.
As far as Brooklyn is concerned, a May 8 ESPN report indicates how tonight’s game is a must-win for Jason Kidd’s Nets. Utilizing ESPN Stats & Information, Mike Mazzeo reveals how Miami is undefeated (6-0) in the postseason after getting off to an 2-0 lead, while Brooklyn is winless (0-4) when going down 0-2 (all time) in best-of-seven series.
With that in mind, how likely is it for the Nets to get back to their winning ways against this club and earn a split this evening? If NBA playoffs oddsmakers are on the money, the Brooklyn Nets are doomed, as the Miami Heat are listed as seven-point favorites in Game 2.
In addition to the spread, straight-up betting lines have the home team valued at -500, while the road team’s odds of an upset equal +320. Finally, the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 192 points, and here are some key statistics to keep in mind:
General Consensus Prior to Game 2 TV Start Time (ESPN2)
Nets spread: 54 percent.
Heat spread: 46 percent.
OVER wagers: 71 percent.
UNDER wagers: 29 percent.
ATS Trends Prior to ESPN-GO Free Live Stream Online
Nets are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games.
Nets are 2-5 in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
Nets are 8-1 in their last 9 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
Heat is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
Heat is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Nets vs Heat 2014 NBA Playoffs Head-to-Head Stats
UNDER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Miami.
Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.