The Brooklyn Nets will pay a visit to the FTX Arena to take on the Miami Heat on Saturday night in what could be a potential first round playoff matchup. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our NBA odds series, which includes our Nets-Heat prediction, odds, and pick we have laid out below.

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Brooklyn is coming off a 132-120 loss to a Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies last Wednesday, despite a 43-point explosion from Kyrie Irving and a near triple-double — 35 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists — from Kevin Durant. The Nets were basically a two-man show for that game, as only Andre Drummond managed to score in double-digits aside from their two stars' masterful performances.

Meanwhile, Miami is in a major rut after they blew a 15-point lead to the New York Knicks heading into the fourth quarter, losing 111-103 on Friday. The Knicks poured on a massive 38-13 fourth quarter, with Immanuel Quickley scoring 20 points in the period. Miami has now lost three straight, including one to a Joel Embiid and James Harden-less Philadelphia 76ers and to a Golden State Warriors team without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson.

The Heat have won all three games of the season series so far. The first game was the lone blowout so far, which saw Miami win 106-93 against a Nets team that still had James Harden. In the second game, Miami won by just four points, with Kyrie Irving being the only star available for Brooklyn that night. The third, which happened earlier this month, was a six-point win by the Heat, with Bam Adebayo dropping 30 points and Tyler Herro adding 27 points.

Here is how FanDuel has set the NetsHeat NBA odds for this Saturday night NBA matchup.

NBA odds: NetsHeat Odds

Brooklyn Nets: -3.5 (-114)

Miami Heat: +3.5 (-106)

Over: 230.5 (-108)

Under: 230.5 (-112)

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Why the Nets could cover the spread

The Nets enter this game as favorites, despite having not won a single game versus Miami this season. Brooklyn played all those games without either one of Irving or Durant. The Nets will have them both available on Saturday night, which always helps their cause to cover the spread.

Brooklyn is 29-39 against the spread. Injuries, trade rumors, and player availability (Irving) have contributed to a sub-par campaign so far. It not only reflects on their ATS record but on their overall standing as well. The Nets are currently the 8th seed in the East with a 38-35 record. Nonetheless, with Durant and Irving leading the way, this might be the most dangerous 8th seed in NBA history.

The Nets finally have the vaccine mandate behind them, making Irving available to play home games. This final stretch of the season should be key for Brooklyn as they continue to establish chemistry and continuity ahead of a potential championship run.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been out since March 8 due to a right hip impingement. Meanwhile, Seth Curry (left ankle sprain) and Goran Dragic (knee soreness) are both listed as probable on the Nets injury report.

Why the Heat could cover the spread

Sure, Miami is reeling right now, especially after three horrific losses this past week. But as they've shown all season, prior to this slump, they've been able to rally despite being down and undermanned.

The Heat do have a much better record against the spread, at 40-33 this season. They still boast the league's 5th best defense this season. With the number of dogs they have on that team, it wouldn't be surprising if they flipped the switch again tonight, especially since they are going up against who many still perceive to be the favorites in the East in the Nets.

Miami has yet to turn in its injury report, but they did list nine players on the injury report against the Knicks. That list included Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, PJ Tucker, and Caleb Martin, all of whom suited up on Friday. Meanwhile, Tyler Herro missed his 2nd straight game due to a knee injury, while Victor Oladipo likely sat out the front end of a back-to-back. Gabe Vincent did not play due to a toe injury and missed his third straight game.

Final NetsHeat prediction and pick

Based on how the Heat have played this past week, it might be safer to go Brooklyn for this one. Sure Miami has dominated the season series so far, but two of the three games have been close. The Nets will have Durant and Irving available for the first time against Miami, so that should play a major factor as well.

Final NetsHeat Prediction & Pick: Nets: -4 (-114)