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(15-23) Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat (18-18)
Date: Friday, January 4
Time: 8:00PM EST
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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Friday, January 4 finds the Washington Wizards facing the. Miami Heat as they meet for the third time in the 2018-19 regular season. In their last game, Washington beat the Hawks and the Heat defeated the Cavaliers.
Last season, the teams split their series and have each won a game this year. The Heat hold the all-time record having bested the Wizards in 82 of their 123 matches.
Questions abound over whether Washington management will be buyers or sellers as teams approach the trade deadline (February 7th).
The thinking is the Wizards brain trust aren’t easily convinced to throw in the towel although they sit in the 11th seed three games back of eighth.
The Pistons are catchable given they’ve had an extremely easy strength of schedule with only three back to back sets complete and the fewest trips out West of all the East teams. The question is can Washington also leap frog the Nets who refuse to concede.
Washington will need to string some wins together and likely be buyers at the deadline which is difficult given their current luxury tax situation.
Markieff Morris (upper-back and neck stiffness) will miss up to six weeks.
John Wall (heel surgery) will be out the remainder of the season. Dwight Howard (back) is expected back in late February.
Dion Waiters returned anxious to make a difference for Miami. Pat Riley openly stated he wants to get the Heat under the tax and is anxious to move someone in order to accomplish that goal.
The focus is on moving Hassan Whiteside, but teams haven’t been biting so far. Miami has vaulted up the East ladder stringing together wins in seven of their last nine games. They also had a successful Western road trip winning four of six matches.
Dwyane Wade (illness) is questionable for Wizards match. Wayne Ellington (illness) missed the last two games Udonis Haslem (illness) missed the last three games. Both are questionable for Friday.
Goran Dragic (arthroscopic right knee surgery) is expected out until mid February.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Underdog is 8-1-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings
- Heat are 7-3 in last 10 head to head contests
- Wizards are 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The over-under is 7-3 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
In a bit of an oddity the Heat (so far) perform better on the road (10-7) than they do in the warm confines of American Airlines Arena (8-11) although a switch of jersey (superstition?) seems to have changed that momentum to the positive.
Conversely the Wizards are abysmal on the road (4-16) and may have trouble dealing with Erik Spoelstra’s zone defense.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Take the Heat at home, take the WIZ ATS
Odds are currently off but with Washington’s road woes it’s hard to imagine they trump the Heat.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 112 – Wizards 105
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