A battle between two Eastern Conference teams sitting within the playoff spots takes place today, when the Miami Heat (35-31), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Washington Wizards (38-28), who snapped Pelicans’ lengthy winning streak last night and want to continue on the winning ways. Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-10-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat -2.5
Heat have a 35-31 record (33-28-5 against the spread) so far this season. And Miami currently sit as the 7th team in the overall Eastern Conference standings. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Sixers with a 108-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 17.2 ppg. The veteran guard adds a team high 4.9 assists per game. He is followed by Hassan Whiteside with 14.3 ppg and a team high 11.8 rebounds per game, while Dwayne Wade adds 14.2 ppg.
Wizards have a 38-28 record (32-33-1 against the spread) so far this season. Washington rests in 5th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 116-97 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 23.4 ppg. Beal adds 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He is followed by John Wall with 19.4 ppg and a team high 9.3 assists per game but he is out with an injury.
Wizards lead the Heat 2-1 wins so far this season and the previous game in Miami ended with a 93-102 score for the Wizards. Heat are 19-13 at home so far this season. While the Wizards are 19-14 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 107.2 ppg to Heat’s 102, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 102.2 ppg to Wizards’ 105.4. Wizards have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.77% to Heat’s 45.4% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.28% to Heat’s 35.85%. They are also better in assists made, with 24.8 to Heat’s 22.2, while both teams grab exactly 43.1 rebounds per game. Both teams are coming in hot but Heat are playing better lately and Wizards are in the second game of a back-to-back set. Vegas odds give Heat are -2.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds for the home victory.
Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat Prediction: Miami Heat -2.5 (-111)
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