Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards prediction
Game: Miami – Washington
Bet: Miami -5.5 1st half
Heat are hosting Wizards on Friday.
The Heat finally got their new superstar this season in Jimmy Butler. Since the departure of LeBron James ageing of Dwayne Wade and the retirement of Chris Bosh, they were an ok team, always conteders for making the playoffs but there they lacked a true leader who could carry them when shots weren't falling. They got their man in Butler who arrived from Minesotta. More notable changes from last season they parted ways with Richardson and Whiteside, but they got excellent rookies in Herro and Nunn and veteran Leonard who proved more than capable of covering those losses. They could also offer more playing time to Adebayo who is playing very well this season and is a much better fit in this system than Whiteside. Overall they are playing very good this season being currently ranked 4th in Eastern conference with a 15-6 record. More importantly they're just one of 3 teams who are without a defeat on home court. They are playing amazing basketball in American Airlines arena scoring 118.8 points on average and conceding just 100.6. The competition they've faced at home wasn't the best, but they did also beat the Rockets 129:100. And also their adversary today are the Wizards who certainly are nothing to be afraid of.
Washington Wizards are coming to Florida fresh of a surprise win against Philadelphia. Honestly I have no idea how this Wizards team are winning games this season. They're without their long time number 1 option John Wall. They've parted ways with solid players like Porter, Oubre, Portis, Ariza, Rivers and Satoransky and did almost nothing to make up for those losses. Most notable acquisitions were Isaiah Thomas, role players Bertans, Smith, Wagner and rookie Hachimura. They're ranked 12th in Eastern conference and for me are playing above expectations with this kind of roster. They play very fast paced and attacking minded basketball being ranked 1st in points allowed with 122.4 but also scoring plenty of points with 118.9 (ranked 3th).
The Heat are without Dragic, while Winslow is questionable which is not ideal but Herro and Nunn proved capable of handling secondary scoring. Wizards will be without Bryant, while Thomas is questionable. Given the lack of depth I think these abcenses are worse for Washington than they are for Miami.
As was mentioned before Wizards yesterday won a hard fought game against Philadelphia. Today they had to travel to Florida to face a rested Heat team who is playing amazing at home. Home court advantage, more rest and overall a better team, I think it's safe to assume the Heat will cover this handicap.
Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards betting tips
Miami -8.0 Handicap (Stake: 9)Odds: 1.74 at Pinnacle
Result: 112-103 WON (+6.66 units)
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