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Wizards take on Heat in hoops contest

Washington WizardsMiami Heat
33-29March 10, 2014, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena43-17

The Wizards will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Heat in Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday in NBA action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Heat are 43-17 so far on the season, and 29-30-1 ATS vs. the number. The Wizards, meanwhile, are 33-29 and 33-27-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 34-26 and the Wizards go 35-27 on the totals.

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The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Heat at No. 13 and the Wizards at No. 8 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-94 result in favor of the Heat.

Washington was a 114-107 winner in its last match on the road against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 221 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Washington got 28 points from Trevor Ariza en route to a 114-107 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday at Bradley Center.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 95-88 loser as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 183 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Heat wasted a 25-point performance from Dwyane Wade as Chicago ran past them 95-88 on Sunday at United Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 9-ranked offense (104.1 PPG) against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 12 at 99.94 PPG. The Heat have averaged 50.77% from the field per game, more than the Wizards have managed so far this season (45.69% on average).

Next up:
Washington home to Charlotte, Wednesday, March 12th
Miami home to Brooklyn, Wednesday, March 12th