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  • More Miami Heat and NBA Betting for 2019-20
  • The Miami Heat in 2019-20
  • More NBA Team Guides
  • Miami Heat Overview and Key Info
  • Miami Heat History
  • Home Court – American Airlines Arena
  • Miami Heat Head Coaches
  • Miami Heat Last Five Seasons
  • Miami Heat All-Time Career Leaders
  • Miami Heat Trivia

Miami Heat Betting and Team Guide

Many people love betting on the Miami Heat during the NBA season. Most of them lose money in the long run because they don’t know the team as well as they should. This Miami Heat team guide will help you in this regard by providing you with a good mix of timeless information about the Heat and regular updates about their current roster and recent play.

Miami Heat Betting in 2019-20

First things first, so let’s check out the available 2019-20 Miami Heat betting markets.

Latest Miami Heat Odds for 2019-20

Miami Heat to Win the 2020 NBA Championship +2500
Miami Heat to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference +1000
Miami Heat to Win the 2020 NBA Southeast Division -5000

Miami Heat Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 50-54 wins, win the Southeast Conference
  • Current Pick: Win the Southeast Division
  • Last Updated: February 28th

Miami is cruising to their seventh division title in the past nine years, and this is a squad that is built to advance in the playoffs. Jimmy Butler doesn’t have to try and do it all, as Bam Adebayo has evolved into a total beast.

With unheralded players like Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson contributing on a nightly basis, winning a series in the postseason should be expected. I’d put the Heat right on par with teams like Philly and Indiana, although Toronto and Boston are a slight step ahead.

Milwaukee is on another planet.

Previous Miami Heat Predictions

January 16th

  • Prediction: 54-57 wins, win the Southeast Conference
  • Pick: Win the Southeast Division

The Miami Heat are running away with the Southeast Division and are a shoo-in to win 50+ games. Nevertheless, there’s not a whole lot of upside attached to backing a team to do anything when the odds are -2000.

Erik Spoelstra’s squad has played especially well in South Beach – authoring an 18-1 record at home which includes an impressive 14-4-1 mark against the spread. So while there may not be any Heat futures bets that pique my interest, investing in Miami on a regular basis at home seems to be a winning formula.

December 4th

  • Prediction: 52-56 wins, win the Southeast Conference
  • Pick: Win the Southeast Division

The Miami Heat have the luxury of playing in the weakest division in all of the NBA, so they should have no issues coasting to the best record in the Southeast. But why stop there?

Looking at the Heat’s early-season resume, road wins at Milwaukee and at Toronto tell us that the Heat plan on making some noise when playoffs arrive in April.

October 8th

  • Prediction: 45-50 wins and a middle seat in the East
  • Pick: To Win the Southeast Division

Since the price for the Miami Heat to win the Southeast Division is now +100, I think the value is there for the taking. The team was close to the Magic last season, but added a guy like Jimmy Butler. That should improve the regular season record and the Heat are my favorites for the division.

Season Preview

The offseason was pretty good for the Miami Heat, and the team should be significantly stronger in 2019-20. The addition of a proven superstar like Jimmy Butler and the state of the Eastern Division should elevate the Heat to a middle seed in the playoffs.

Something like 45 wins or even slightly more should be possible for the Heat. They might very well end up winning the Southeast Division, but their odds of -125 are not that tempting. The Orlando Magic beat them last year, and they could do the same this time around.

Miami Heat News and Updates

February 28th, by Michael Wynn

After thumping the Sixers by 31 points on February 3rd, Miami was 34-15 and looking like the potential #2 seed in the East. Now losers of seven of their past nine games, the Heat are just hoping to salvage the #4 slot.

Andre Iguodala is still getting used to his role as a member of the second unit after being acquired by Miami at the deadline. Alongside Goran Dragic and 2020 Slam Dunk Contest champion Derrick Jones Jr., the Heat have one of the most influential benches in all of the NBA.

Previous News and Updates

January 16th, by Michael Wynn

After losing back-to-back games at Brooklyn and New York, Miami got back on track with a much-needed victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat play their next two games on the road and will soon embark on a six-game road trip.

Kendrick Nunn is having a marvelous rookie year, as evidenced by his 33-point performance his last time out. With Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo balling out, Miami could be a dangerous team in the spring.

December 4th, by Michael Wynn

The Heat are playing fantastic basketball thanks to a couple of unsung “heroes.” Tyler Herro is chipping in with 14 points per game, and he’s actually not even the leading rookie scorer for Erik Spoelstra’s squad. That’s because Kendrick Nunn is averaging 15.7 points, despite going undrafted and spending all of last year in the G League.

Jimmy Butler has done an excellent job fitting in, and Duncan Robinson has been a pleasant surprise. With Bam Adebayo on the shortlist of legitimate candidates to win the Most Improved Player of the Year award, Miami could end up being a force to be reckoned with.

October 14, by Jerry Summer

The Heat won both of their preseason games so far and looked solid in the process. The team is defending better than I expected and the offense is working well too. All things considered, this should be one of the decent franchises in the East. Not as good as the 76ers or the Bucks, but probably on par with the second tier teams in the conference.

July 7, by Jerry Summer

The big news of the summer is that the Heat completed their two main goals. First, Hassan Whiteside’s bad contract was traded to the Trail Blazers for Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard. That opened the door to the addition of Jimmy Butler via a sign and trade deal.

More Miami Heat and NBA Betting for 2019-20

We recommend that everyone who will be betting on the Miami Heat and the NBA in 2019-20 reads the following pages.

NBA Betting HQ
This is the place that leads to all of our NBA sub-pages. You will find betting odds, updates, picks, predictions, and tons of tips that can help you build your own NBA betting strategy
NBA Odds
If you are looking for the latest NBA betting odds, this is the place to find them. We cover all popular futures and outrights
NBA Game Picks
Most of you will be betting on the individual NBA games. This is why we have a special picks page supported by our expert writers. They share their best predictions on a regular basis

You probably want to keep an eye on our blog, too. It’s the place where we publish analysis, news, and predictions for all NBA teams. Here are the latest posts.

The Miami Heat in 2019-20

Miami Heat Roster in 2019-20

Let’s take a look at the players that will be representing the Miami Heat in the 2019-2020 NBA season. They will be the backbone of the franchise, so you should know what to expect from them if you’re going to bet on the team.

  • Goran Dragic – Guard
  • Tyler Herro – Guard
  • Duncan Robinson – Guard
  • Ike Nwamu – Guard
  • Jeremiah Martin – Guard
  • Kendrick Nunn – Guard
  • Nick Weiler-Babb – Guard
  • Jimmy Butler – Guard
  • Dion Waiters – Guard
  • Rodney McGruder – Guard
  • Justise Winslow – Forward
  • Derrick Jones – Forward
  • James Johnson – Forward
  • Udonis Haslem – Forward
  • KZ Okpala – Forward
  • Dikembe Dixson – Forward
  • Jarrod Jones – Forward
  • Justin Tillman – Forward
  • Kelly Olynyk – Center
  • Leonard Meyers Leonard – Center
  • Bam Adebayo – Center
  • Chris Silva – Center
  • Kyle Alexander – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

Here are the players that will most likely complete the Miami Heat starting lineup.

  • Goran Dragic – Point Guard
  • Dion Waiters – Shooting Guard
  • Jimmy Butler – Small Forward
  • Kelly Olynyk – Power Forward
  • Bam Adebayo – Center

Goran Dragic will be the Miami Heat’s point guard, and the Croatian is excellent when it comes to orchestrating the offense. He can score himself or create for others, which is great news for the rest of the lineup.

Jimmy Butler is the main offensive weapon, but Dragic and Dion Waiters will certainly provide reliable second and third options. Olynyk and Bam Adebayo will be expected to be a threat in the paint and grab a decent number of boards.

The team’s defense looks questionable. Butler can guard a couple of positions, and Dragic is good at defending the perimeter, but the rim protection provided by Olynyk and Adebayo will probably be below average.

And yet, the young center is very athletic and has the potential to improve this side of his game in the 2019-20 season.

Depth and Bench

The Miami Heat’s bench features a couple of players that could certainly be impactful throughout the season. Despite his problematic mid-range jumper, Justise Winslow can provide outside scoring and some points from the paint, as well as decent defense.

James Johnson has similar attributes, while Meyers Leonard will probably be the backup center. He’s a decent stretch big but lacks other useful qualities.

There are a couple of other players that will receive meaningful minutes, but the overall impression is that the Heat lack some depth.

Miami Heat Staff in 2019-20

The performance of each team doesn’t depend only on the players, so let’s take a look at the other key personnel of the Miami Heat for the 2019-20 season.

  • Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra
  • Coaching Staff: Dan Craig (Asst. Coach), Malik Allen (Asst. Coach), Chris Quinn (Asst. Coach), Anthony Carter (Asst. Coach), Rob Fodor (Shooting Coach)
  • Ownership: Micky Arison
  • General Manager: Andy Elisburg

If you have been watching the NBA in the past ten years or so, you are certainly used to seeing Erik Spoelstra on the Heat bench. The guy has been in the franchise forever and has two rings in the Big Three era. However, he has been struggling to achieve meaningful results ever since LeBron left the franchise.

Spoelstra will be hoping that the arrival of Jimmy Butler will provide enough star power for the Heat to become a factor in the East once again.

Miami Heat Schedule in 2019-20

Each NBA team’s schedule hides tough streaks and dangerous moments. We don’t have the dates for 2019-20 yet, but once they’re up, we will add them here and highlight the important matchups of the Miami Heat season.

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Miami Heat Overview and Key Info

 The Miami Heat played their first game in 1988 as part of the NBA expansion and have only had ten seasons without post-season action.

Let’s review the key facts for the Miami Heat.

Miami Heat – Key Info
Current Team Location
In Miami, Florida, since 1988
Eastern Conference – Southeast
American Airlines Arena
G League Team
Sioux Falls Skyforce
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1.7 billion

Miami Heat History

The Miami Heat, along with the Charlotte Hornets, started in 1988 as new NBA expansion teams. They moved into the new Miami Arena which only lasted ten years before being replaced and demolished. The Heat’s facility for home games is the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.

Not entirely unexpected for a new franchise, the Heat’s first eight seasons were less than stellar with only three playoff appearances and nothing higher than third in their division.

Changes in 1995

In 1995, new owner Micky Arison came aboard. Arison is the chairman of the Carnival Corporation (cruise line) and hired Pat Riley as the president and head coach. Riley had previously led the LA Lakers for four NBA championships in the ‘80s and kick-started Miami to six consecutive playoff seasons.

Riley took a few years off to assume general manager duties for the Heat but returned for a second go-round as head coach, just in time for the team’s first NBA championship title in 2006 when the Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in a 4-2 series.

The “Big 3” Era

Just two seasons later, though, the Heat had gone from NBA champs to recording the worst record in franchise history with a 15-67 finish in 2008. Riley passed the mantle to current coach Erik Spoelstra, and the Heat ushered in the era of the “Big 3” comprised of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James.

The “Big 3” were a big driving force behind the four consecutive finals appearances (2011-2014) and two NBA championship titles.

Back-to-Back Championships

After losing 4-2 to the Mavericks in a finals rematch, the team from Miami beat the Oklahoma City Thunder by four games to one in 2012.

They repeated their success in 2013, this time in a 4-3 series against the San Antonio Spurs. In 2014, the Heat faced the Spurs once again but couldn’t pull off the three-peat, losing to San Antonio 4-1.

Retired and Recognized

The Heat have retired four player numbers since 2003, but the first, number 23, was worn by Michael Jordan, who had never played for Miami. In 2009, both Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning were the first Miami players to have their numbers retired. The last to date was Shaquille O’Neal, who was on the roster from 2004-2008.

Miami has had four Hall of Famers over the years. Gary Payton wore the Heat uniform from 2005-07. Alonzo Mourning spent two stints in Miami. Shaquille O’Neal and Ray Allen are also Hall of Fame members.

Miami Heat Championships and Playoffs

  • 3 NBA Championships: 2013, 2012, 2006
  • 5 Conference Titles: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2006
  • 13 Division Titles: 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 

Home Court – American Airlines Arena

  • Inaugurated: 1999
  • Renovated: n/a
  • Capacity: 19,600
  • Former Names: n/a

American Airlines Arena is the second home court for the Miami Heat, replacing Miami Arena. While the Miami Arena was opened in 1988 in time for the Heat’s inaugural season, it had the smallest seating capacity in the NBA. It also showed wear and tear in just ten years of use. So, the Miami Heat moved into the brand new American Airlines Arena in 1999.

The new arena is located on Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami and benefits from easy Metrorail access. The most distinct feature is the massive painting of an American Airlines plane on the roof that’s visible to air traffic in and out of Miami International Airport.

One of the unique interior enhancements is the custom scoreboard that changes colors depending on the ambiance. The Waterfront Theater, Florida’s largest, is also a part of the venue and can seat nearly 6,000 patrons for stage shows and other similar events. The main arena is primarily used for Miami Heat games but also hosts concerts and special events.

  • Venue Address: American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
  • Mailing Address: Miami Heat, c/o American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
  • Phone: 786-777-1400

Miami Heat Head Coaches

Ron Rothstein was the Miami Heat’s first head coach and remained for three seasons. As a brand new team, it wasn’t surprising that it took a while for the Heat to get some winning momentum going. During Rothstein’s tenure, the Bulls never made it to the playoffs and finished in 6th, 5th, and 7th during those inaugural three seasons.

Pat Riley

While there have been six head coaches in the franchise’s history, Pat Riley had two separate terms from 1995-2003 and 2005-2008. In 1995, new team owner Micky Arison hired Riley to serve a dual role as coach and team president.

Riley took a team that had played for eight seasons without finishing higher than third place in their division and turned them around to Atlantic division champions for four consecutive seasons from 1996-2000. He earned Coach of the Year honors for 1996-97 and is on the list of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.

During Riley’s first stint from 1995-2003, he posted a 354-270 record and 10-13 in the playoffs. Stan Van Gundy took over in 2003-04, so Riley could devote himself to his new general manager position.

With the team poised for playoffs victory in 2006, Van Gundy stepped down, and Riley stepped back into his head coaching shoes. The Heat won the 2006 NBA championship, earning Pat Riley his fifth in the NBA. Riley still serves as president of the Miami Heat.

Miami Heat Head Coaches
# Years Name W-L % Playoffs % Championships
6 2008 – Erik Spoelstra 523-363 .590 71-47 .602 2012, 2013
4b 2005-08 Pat Riley 100-125 .444 16-11 .593 2006
5 2003-05 Stan Van Gundy 112-73 .605 17-11 .607
4a 1995-03 Pat Riley 354-270 .567 10-13 .435
3 1995 Alvin Gentry 14-21 .417 X-X
2 1991-95 Kevin Loughery 133-159 .455 2-6 .250  
1 1988-91 Ron Rothstein 57-189 .232 X-X

Erik Spoelstra

Current head coach Erik Spoelstra started with the Heat in 1995 as a video coordinator. He was promoted two years later to the assistant coach/video coordinator and eventually became the assistant coach/director of scouting in 2001. Riley selected Spoelstra as his replacement when he stepped down after the 2007-08 season, leaving behind Miami’s worst franchise record of 15-67 that season.

The combination of Spoelstra and the Heat’s “Big 3,” Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, proved to have the right stuff. The Heat won four consecutive conference finals from 2010-14 and emerged as NBA champions in 2012 and 2013.

Erik Spoelstra is the sixth head coach for the Heat. He is not only the first Asian American head coach to win an NBA championship (2), but he’s the first Asian American head coach in history for one of the US’s top sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL).

Miami Heat Last Five Seasons

Season Coach Finish W-L % Playoffs Points Leader (avg/game)
2018-19 Erik Spoelstra 3rd 39-43 .476 Josh Richardson (16.6)
2016-17 Erik Spoelstra 3rd 41-41 .500 Goran Dragic (20.3)
2015-16 Erik Spoelstra 1st 48-34 .585 Lost Conf. Semifinals Chris Bosh (19.1)
2014-15 Erik Spoelstra 3rd 37-45 .451 Dwyane Wade (21.5)
2013-14 Erik Spoelstra 1st 54-28 .659 Lost NBA Finals LeBron James (27.1)

Miami Heat All-Time Career Leaders

Category Name Stats Years
Points Dwyane Wade 21,556 2003-2016, 2017-2019
Average Pts/Game LeBron James 26.94 2010-2014
Assists Dwyane Wade 5,310 2003-2016, 2017-2019
Rebounds Udonis Haslem 5,738 2003-2019

Dwyane Wade

The Miami Heat selected Dwyane Wade as their first-round, fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Wade had been named Consensus First-Team All-American and the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2003 with the Marquette Golden Eagles. Wade was NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2004 and then named to the All-Star team for the first of 12 times in 2005 (including the game’s MVP in 2010).

The shooting guard remained on the Heat’s roster from 2003-16 and was the 2009’s NBA scoring champion and twice-named All-NBA First Team. He was on all three of Miami’s championship teams. In 2012, Dwyane was famously part of the “Big 3” with LeBron James and Chris Bosh that led the Heat to four finals and two wins.

Wade became a free agent and signed with the Bulls and Cavaliers but was traded back to Miami in 2018.In 2019, Dwyane retired as the Heat’s all-time scoring and assists leader.

LeBron James

While LeBron James was another member of the Heat’s “Big 3” with Wade and Bosh, he spent more time with the Cleveland Cavaliers than in Miami. James was the Cavs’ first-round, first overall pick in 2003 and played for seven seasons in Ohio before signing with the Heat in 2010. Two of his three NBA championships are attributed to the Heat in 2012-2013, and LeBron was also the MVP of both finals.

He’s a 14-time NBA All-Star, thrice named the All-Star Game MVP. He’s also 12-time All-NBA First Team and five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team from 2009-2013. James set a Miami franchise record with 61 points in a game against the Bobcats in the 2013-14 season, also his career-high. He’s the current Heat all-time leader in average points per game with 26.94.

LeBron returned to the Cavaliers from 2014-2018 and is currently on the Lakers roster.

Udonis Haslem

Udonis Haslem is a current member of the Miami Heat and has been with the team since 2003 after one season in France that subsequently earned him a position in the NBA summer league. He signed with the Heat as an undrafted rookie in ’03.

In 2004, Haslem took over the power forward position vacated by Lamar Odom and was named NBA All-Rookie Second Team that season. Haslem not only set the Miami Heat franchise record for career rebounds with 5,711 but also defensive rebounds (4,101) and most offensive rebounds in the playoffs with 230. He’s the first undrafted player in NBA history to have set a franchise rebounding record.

Miami Heat Trivia

Current head coach Erik Spoelstra is the first Asian American head coach for any of the United States’ top four leagues and first to win an NBA championship.

The Miami Heat paid tribute to Michael Jordan by retiring his number 23 during the 2002-03 season, even though MJ had never played for the Heat.

During the 2013-14 championship-winning season, the Heat’s home uniforms featured nicknames instead of formal names, as in LeBron James’ “King James.”

Since 1988, the Heat has had eight players picked for the NBA All-Star game including Anthony Mason, Goran Dragic, Tim Hardaway (2), Chris Bosh (6), LeBron James (4), Shaquille O’Neal (3), Alonzo Mourning (5), and Dwyane Wade (12). Coaches Stan Van Gundy and Erik Spoelstra were also All-Star picks.

In the 2012-13 season, the team recorded their highest regular-season record to date with 66-16 for a .805 winning percentage.

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