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Heat visit Wizards in hoops battle

Miami HeatWashington Wizards
27-10January 15, 2014, 07:00 | Verizon Center17-19

The Wizards will be trying to slam the Heat on Wednesday when the teams tip off at Verizon Center in NBA betting action.

The Wizards sport a record of 17-19 and 19-16-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Heat sit at 27-10 and 17-20 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 21-15 for the Wizards and 22-15 for the Heat. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Wizards sat as 6-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 197.

This game pits the Wizards, currently No. 18 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Heat, who rate No. 14 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 98-91 victory for the Heat.

The Heat were a 104-95 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nets. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (199) made winners of OVER bettors. LeBron James chucked in 36 points for Miami on Friday, but they still came up short in losing 104-95 at Barclays Center.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 102-88 winner as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Wizards covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 190 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington got 19 points from Nene Hilario en route to a 102-88 victory over Chicago on Monday at United Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 97.92 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.16 PPG. The Wizards field goal percentage has averaged 44.47% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 50.94% per game.

A few Heat at Wizards trends to consider:
Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami's last 15 games
Miami is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington's last 16 games
Washington is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Washington is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami at Philadelphia, Friday, January 17th
Washington home to Chicago, Friday, January 17th