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Pick against the spread, best player prop for Heat vs. Pelicans on Thursday

We go over some of the best betting options for Thursday’s matchup between the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans.

Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans dribbles the ball during the game against the Chicago Bulls on March 3, 2021 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

The Miami Heat were riding an impressive six-game winning streak until it came to an end earlier this week with an 94-80 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. They’ll look to bounce back as they travel to New Orleans to take on the 11th-place Pelicans before the league takes a pause for the All-Star break. The Pelicans have been hit-and-miss lately, as they took down the first-place Utah Jazz on Monday, but then dropped a 124-128 result against the 10th-place Bulls. All of their latest results have been relatively close — they haven’t won or lost a game by more than five points since February 24th.

Heat vs. Pelicans, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Pick ATS: Heat +2.5

This will be the second and final meeting between the two sides in the regular season, and the Heat won the first game handily 111-98 back in December. Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro have both been in excellent form, helping Miami get to sixth place, just half a game behind the fifth-place Knicks. Jimmy Butler (knee) is questionable while the Pelicans aren’t reporting any injuries, but with guys like Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn, and Dragic putting in solid performances recently, there’s no reason they shouldn’t cover the spread in this game. Zion Williamson is always a threat in the paint, but if he has a bad game and nobody else picks up the slack, Miami should easily come out on top on this one.

Player Prop: Lonzo Ball O2.5 three-pointers (-159)

Lonzo has been lethal from beyond the arc, averaging 53.8% in March alone, up from 45.5% in February. He’s gone 5-for-11 in his last two games, and went 11-for-27 in the three outings before that. He hasn’t scored less than two threes in a game since January 30th, so chances are this bet will be a no-brainer. You can count on him for at least two or three from long range in any given game.

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