Heat vs. Wizards Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Wizards are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 208 points.
Miami enters with a 6-8 overall record and is 4-8-2 ATS after a 102-93 home loss to Washington. The Wizards are 9-5 overall and 8-6 ATS after the win against the Heat. Miami is 4-1 straight up and 3-2 ATS in five meetings since the start of last season. The over has gone 3-2.
The Heat were led by Goran Dragic with 21 points and four assists in the loss to the Wizards. Hassan Whiteside accounted for 14 points and 21 rebounds. Dion Waiters added 19 points and five assists. Miami led 74-71 through three quarters, but were outscored 31-19 over the final 12 minutes.
John Wall paced the Wizards in the win at Miami with 27 points, six assists and four rebounds. Bradley Beal had 26 points and seven boards. Markieff Morris put in 15 points, while Otto Porter Jr. added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Washington shot only 41 percent from the floor, but connected on 9-of-19 from 3-point range and also hit 29-of-31 at the free throw line.
Miami is 22-8-1 in the last 31 meetings in Washington. The over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
The Wizards won with a big fourth quarter at Miami only days ago, so why shouldn't they return home and beat the same team by fewer points? Because this is the NBA, that's why. Look for Miami to assert itself with a monster game from Whiteside coupled with savvy games from the likes of Dragic and Waiters. Expect the Heat to keep this one close and stay within the number.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MIAMI HEAT +5.5