Wizards take on Heat in hoops contest
Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat Odds
Washington travels to Miami on Sunday, hoping to boost its 4-27 mark with a victory over the Heat.
This season the Heat are 22-9 overall and 15-16 ATS against the number, while the Wizards are 4-27 and 17-13-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Miami is 15-16 on the OU, and Washington is 14-16-1.
For bettors going with the Heat in this one, they were listed earlier as 15-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 190.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Heat and the No. 19-ranked Wizards, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 102-89 result in favor of the Heat.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 29-rated squad against Washington's No. 6-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 6 in the league with 8.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 18 with 6.4 per outing.
Defensively, the Wizards feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.5 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.
Washington was a 115-113 loser in its last match at home against the Nets. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 228 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Washington got 24 points from Bradley Beal but lost anyway 115-113 against the Nets on Friday at Verizon Center.
In their last action, Miami was a 96-89 loser at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Miami got 30 points from LeBron James en route to a 96-89 loss at the hands of Miami on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Oklahoma City are 2-8
After playing Brooklyn are 3-7
After a loss are 1-9
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2
A few Wizards at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing on the road against Miami
Washington is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami's last 8 games at home
Miami is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home
Miami is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Washington
Washington home to Oklahoma City, Monday, January 7
Miami at Indiana, Tuesday, January 8