The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim with tips for a huge showdown between high-flying rivals the Miami Heat and LA Clippers. 

NBA Tips – Miami Heat V Los Angeles Clippers

12:00 (AEDT), Sat 25th Jan @ AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

History: Played 61: Heat 36 V Clippers 25

Last meeting: January 23, 2019: Clippers 111 d Heat 99 at AmericanAirlines Arena

Final Thoughts: The Miami Heat and LA Clippers head into a fascinating showdown with near-identical records. But will the surprise-packet Heat’s staggering home record prove the difference against the Clips?

Miami are second in the Eastern Conference with a 31-13 record. They have won four of their last five, including back-to-back overtime victories against the Kings and Wizards in their last two.

Jimmy Butler’s (24 pts, 7 reb, 10 ast) stellar campaign continued with a starring role against the Wizards after sitting out the previous game. The likes of Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson have proved an unexpectedly solid support cast.

One of the keys to the Heat’s success has been a 20-1 record. They are on a nine-game winning streak at home since their only loss, to the Lakers.

The 31-14 Clippers sit third in the West and have won six of their last eight. A dominant Kawhi Leonard (36 pts, 11 reb) steered them to a 110-107 win in Dallas. But without Kawhi, they crashed 102-95 in Atlanta. Montrezl Harrell (30 pts, 7 reb) top-scored off the bench against the Hawks.

The Clippers are a modest 12-10 on the road, winning only two of four away this month.

Miami boast the NBA’s third-best ATS record this season, going 25-17-2. The LA Cippers are a middling 24-21 against the line.

The Clippers are a top-six team offensively and defensively – better than the Heat in both categories – but that imposing home record is difficult to get past.

Tip: Margin – Heat 1-10

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