Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s NBA game. It’s a re-match of Thursday’s affair between two division rivals as the Washington Wizards host the Miami Heat this time around. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
On Thursday it was the Miami Heat who dominated the game against the Wizards, despite allowing them to shoot 50% from the field. The Heat managed to drain 15 attempts from three-point land and got another 30-point night from Jimmy Butler en route to their 6th home win in 7 attempts. It was also their 4th straight win overall and they are once again rolling and climbing up the standings in the Eastern Conference. They could be shorthanded for tonight’s game with both Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro being questionable with knee and wrist injuries. Markieff Morris has been ruled out earlier with a neck injury. Despite all those problem the Heat have managed to cover the spread in 5 games straight.
Washington was disappointed after the loss on Thursday. They shot the ball well as a team, they outrebounded their opponent and had 11 turnovers less, but somehow they still lost the game by 15 points. Bradley Beal had 30 on the night and Kyle Kuzma also added 19 of his own. This team is playing a vastly different style compared to last season. Their scoring has gone way down, they were ranked 5th last year and this time around they are only 20th in scoring. However, the defense has picked up and they rank in the Top 10 in almost every meaningful statistical category on that end. As a result they are a solid 6-1 at home this season and nobody has an easy time when they come to Washington.
The Heat have owned the Wizards in head-to-head meetings by winning 8 of the last 10. However, this Washington team is a lot better on the home than they are on the road. I saw some positives from them on Thursday, if they can play a similar style tonight they’ll be in good shape. At home they’ve covered in 7 of their last 8 games and I expect them to do so yet again tonight against a banged up Miami squad. Wizards to cover.
Washington Wizards – Miami Heat Odds
Washington Wizards – Miami Heat Predictions
Washington +1.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Only 209 points were scored in Thursday’s game, which isn’t all that surprising considering both teams were locked in defensively. The total for Washington has gone under in 7 of their last 8 games, including 4 of their last 7 at home. Neither team likes pushing the ball up the floor, they rank 25th and 27th when it comes to pace of play this season. The Heat average 96.1 possessions per game, while Washington is at just 95.8 per game. Miami has held it’s last 3 opponents to just 95 points per game, while the Wizards have held their last 3 to just 103 per game. At home Washington allows just 100.9 points per contest, with Miami potentially missing Adebayo and Herro here, I think they could struggle a bit with scoring. Washington’s only chance of winning here is to do it on the defensive end. Give me the under in this one.
Under 210.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365