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NBA Basketball Preview: Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards

Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards

NBA Basketball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Verizon Center in Washington DC
  • Date & Time: April 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
  • Point Spread: Washington Wizards -5.5
  • Total: O/U 216
  • Quick Pick: Washington vs. Miami Over 216 for 3 Units

The Miami Heat will travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards. The past 10 times these two have played each other, these two have split the games right down the middle 5 wins a piece SU but the Heat have reigned supreme for bettors winning 7 out of the 10 ATS. An interesting tidbit about this fight is the last 8 out of 10 games have all played over the total.

These two teams have already played each other 2 times this year. The Heat won the first game with the Wizards by the score of 114-111 on the road in Washington. The Heat were 4.5 point underdogs in that game and left the nation’s capital with the straight up, upset victory. In the second game, the Miami Heat won at home 112-101, covering the spread as an underdog with another straight up win.

Heat Are In Must Win Situation

The Heat enter this game off a 96-94 loss to the Raptors. The Heat had 2 players in double-double figures. James Johnson played 38 minutes scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds. They had 5 players score double digit figures in the game.

The Heat are scratching and clawing to try to get into the playoffs. They are currently sitting at 38-41 SU and 47-31-1 ATS, which is good enough for the 9th spot, one game under the final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. They are in must-win situation against the Wizards as they only have 3 games remaining on the year against the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and another game against the Wizards.

Wizards Headed To Playoffs But Looking To Regain Momentum

The Wizards enter this game off a 106-103 win over the New York Knicks on the road. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 25 points, one more than teammate John Wall who scored 24. The Wizards will now travel home to host the Miami Heat in their final home game of the regular season. The Wizards have 3 games remaining in regular season, 2 against the Heat and 1 against Detroit. Their final two games are on the road.

The Wizards are 48-31 SU and 40-38-1 ATS. They have already locked up their playoff spot by winning the and are assured their spot in the playoffs. The Wizards have only won 2 out of their last 5 games SU and only 1 of 5 ATS.

Score Keepers Will Be Busy In Nation’s Capital

The past 11 times these two have played each other, the total has gone over 9 times! The past 9 times the game has been played in Washington, the game has gone over 7 times. Both Washington and most recently Miami have been playing very good offense. With the exception of the debacle in Utah, the Wizards have hit the triple digit scoring mark in each of the last 10 games. We like the over here and will ride it out in the game for the third over total in as many games between these two.

Pick: Washington vs. Miami Over 216 for 3 Units