Heat vs Pelicans odds and preview for Friday, March 6, 2020

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has helped the surging Pelicans turn their season around. Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

When the Miami Heat beat the visiting New Orleans Pelicans in mid-November the teams were headed in different directions.

Heat vs Pelicans odds

DateFriday, March 6
Time8:10 p.m. ET
How to watch Heat vs PelicansESPN
Heat vs Pelicans odds – point spread Pelicans -1.5
Heat vs Pelicans odds – total points233 over/under

The Heat’s 109-95 victory gave them a 9-3 record, tying the best 12-game start in franchise history. The loss dropped the Pelicans to 3-9, matching the fourth-worst 12-game start in franchise history.

Those teams head into the finale of their two-game season series Friday night in New Orleans again seemingly headed in different directions.

The Heat are fourth in the Eastern Conference and have won their last four games. The Pelicans were closing in on the eighth spot in the Western Conference before losing their last three and falling into 12th place, five games behind eight-place Memphis.

Miami just completed a five-game homestand during which it lost the opener to Minnesota then won four in a row. That winning streak was capped with a 116-113 victory over Orlando on Wednesday.

“We bounce back,” All-Star center Bam Adebayo said. “That’s the saying I always have. We bounce back. We go through ups and downs. It’s a long season.”

The Heat showed versatility in their last two games, holding NBA-leading Milwaukee to a season-low point total and handing the Bucks their second-most lopsided loss of the season, 105-89, on Monday, then setting a franchise record for made 3-pointers against the Magic.

Miami is sixth in the league in made 3-pointers per game (13.4) and is second in 3-point percentage (38.5 percent). It made 22 of 44 against the Magic, surpassing the previous record 21 made against Charlotte three years ago.

Second-year forward Duncan Robinson scored all of his team-high 27 points on 3-pointers, making 9 of 12.

He can set a Heat single-season record for 3-pointers by making three against New Orleans. Wayne Ellington holds the record with 227 made 3-pointers.

Robinson is third in the NBA in made 3-pointers and is making 44.6 percent of his 3-pointers.

“If you took a poll of all the NBA players on who Duncan Robinson was before training camp, I would say 70 percent of the league did not know who he was,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I think it’s a remarkable story of persistence and how much he has improved is really incredible.”

Goran Dragic added 25 points and made 5-of-9 3-pointers as Miami overcame sub-par performances from Adebayo and fellow All-Star Jimmy Butler. Adebayo had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Butler finished had 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

“We have talent. We have grit,” Adebayo said. “That’s what I like about this team. It’s a beautiful thing when both of your All-Stars can have a bad night and Duncan can have the night he had.”

When the Pelicans visited the Heat they were in the midst of a wave of injuries that contributed to a 6-22 start.

Rookie No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson, All-Star forward Brandon Ingram, starting point guard Lonzo Ball and top reserves JJ Redick and Josh Hart all were sidelined and starting center Derrick Favors and reserve guard Frank Jackson left the game for good with first-quarter injuries.

But New Orleans, which played the final 40 minutes of that game with eight healthy players, has gotten healthy, though Redick has missed the last three games and will miss at least five more because of a strained hamstring.

The Pelicans’ losing streak started against the West-leading Lakers, then came a poor defensive performance in a 139-131 home loss to the Timberwolves, followed by a 127-123 overtime loss at Dallas on Wednesday in the second half of a back-to-back set.

“It was an improvement,” Ingram said of the performance against Dallas, “but we’ve been better defensively. I’ve been better defensively. Everybody has to do a little bit better on the defensive end.”

Ball said the defensive effort against the Mavericks “was a lot better for sure” than it was against Minnesota. But Luka Doncic’s tie-breaking 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime made the difference.

“We just need to figure out a way to continue to flourish on the offensive end,” Ingram said. “I think it’s important for me to stay aggressive and look for my teammates and get to the rim. I think everybody has to be consistent across the board in what they do.”

Ingram scored a team-high 27 points before fouling out in overtime, Ball had 25 as he made 7-of-9 3-pointers and Williamson had 21, giving him his 13th straight game with 20-plus points.

“All we can do at this point is keep playing hard,” Ball said. “We need to put ourselves in a position to win. I thought we did that tonight. I kind of think I left my team down in overtime, but it is what it is.”

After playing Miami, New Orleans goes on a week-long, four-game road trip.

“We can't look ahead to other games,” Ingram said. “We just look at what's in front of us and figure out the best game plan and scheme that we have and try to go execute.”

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