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NBA Game Preview - Wizards underdogs vs Heat at Miami

Washington WizardsMiami Heat
Feb 25, 7:30 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena

Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat Odds

15-41TEAM RECORD42-16

The Miami Heat host Washington on Friday, looking to build on their 42-16 mark against the 15-41 Wizards in NBA action at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Wizards will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 20-36 ATS against the number this season, while the Heat are 28-29-1 ATS. Washington is 25-29-2 on the totals; Miami is 31-26-1.

View Washington vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Wizards before tip-off in this one will find them as 14.5-point underdogs, while the total sits at 203.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Heat, currently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Wizards, who rate No. 29 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 107-92 victory for the Heat.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 101.9 PPG, against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 22 at 103.5 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 44.3% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Wizards own the league's No. 29-rated mark, allowing 108.2 points per game when on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in home scoring.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 117-94 loser as they battled the 76ers on the road. The Wizards failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 211 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington was run off the court by the 76ers on Wednesday as Philadelphia blasted them 117-94 at Wells Fargo Center.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 93-89 loser as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Dwyane Wade was dynamite, scoring 34 points and adding 8 rebounds but Chicago still won, 93-89, over Miami on Thursday at United Center.

Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Wizards at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing Miami
Washington is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Miami
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington
Miami is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Miami is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Dallas, Saturday, February 26
Miami home to New York, Sunday, February 27