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2021 NBA Handicapping
(17-16) Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat (21-13)
Date: Tuesday, December 28th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Wizards +204 | Heat -219 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -6
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Tuesday, December 28th, finds the Washington Wizards facing the Miami Heat in their third meeting of this season. Each team has won once with the Heat winning November 18th (112-97) and the Wizards winning two days later on the 20th (103-100).
Both teams last played on Sunday with the Heat defeating the Magic 93-83 and the Wizards losing 96-117 to the 76ers.
Last season the clubs played three times with the Heat winning two of the three contests. The Heat holds the all-time record with 90 wins in 134 matches versus the Bucks.
The up and down season of the Wizards continues as they got blown out by the 76ers.
It’s still uncertain if this Washington team is closer to the team who started the 2021-22 campaign 10-3 or the club who is 7-13 since. Not helping their situation is Bradley Beal entered the health and safety protocols just as his shot seemed to resurface.
In the loss to the 76ers things got chippy with Montrezl Harrell getting into a shoving match with Joel Embiid and eventually getting tossed for a second technical. Sure seemed like his frustration stemmed from how easily Embiid scored on him.
Which is why it’s hard to buy stock in the Wizards. Sure Beal and Spencer Dinwiddie can have great moments and Harrell offers great energy off the bench but if they were to face the 76ers Embiid would be chanting barbecue chicken each time down the court.
After seven Wizards scored in double-figures against the Knicks just four reached that benchmark against the 76ers and none over 17 points achieved by Dinwiddie.
Kyle Kuzma delivered a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, Harrell scored 15, and Davis Bertans chipped in 12.
Beal was upgraded to questionable and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was downgraded to out while Raul Neto, Aaron Holiday, and Anthony Gill are all out. Rui Hachimura (conditioning) is questionable and Thomas Bryant (knee) is out indefinitely.
The rotating injury door is alive in Miami as Kyle Lowry entered health and safety protocols just as Caleb Martin returned to the lineup and the Heat got Jimmy Butler back after he’d missed 12 of 13 games with a tailbone injury.
The frontcourt is decimated with Bam Adebayo (thumb) out for up to six weeks, Dewayne Dedmon (Grade 1 MCL sprain) expected to miss a couple of weeks and PJ Tucker nursing a leg injury that’s cost him three games.
With so many Heat big men sidelined it afforded Omer Yurtseven the opportunity to shine versus the Magic which he did registering a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds (six offensive boards).
Butler also delivered a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds (also with 6 OR) plus four assists and three steals. Martin scored 17 in his return to action while Gabe Vincent and Max Strus each scored 13.
Lowry was downgraded to out, Tucker is questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Heat are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
- The Wizards are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.
- The Heat are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington’s last 12 games.
Free Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Again, the Heat is thin upfront but the Wizards as noted don’t have a lengthy squad to offer much resistance in the paint. Ultimately, even shorthanded I trust the Heat more than the Beal-less Wizards.
Of note, if Beal surprises and plays take the Wiz to keep it closer than six but the Heat to win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat -6
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