Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards: Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview
Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards Game Information
Miami Heat 3-4 vs. Washington Wizards 2-7
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Capital One Arena
TV Coverage: NBA TV
Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards Moneyline, Spread, Total and Odds
Moneyline: Heat -240 | Wizards +198
Spread: Heat -5.5
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Heat +1800 | Wizards +16000
Odds courtesy of Fanduel Sportsbook. Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000.
Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards News and Notes
The Wizards will face the Heat on the second leg of a back-to-back after a 116-107 loss to the Boston Celtics Friday. Russell Westbrook is likely to sit for the Wizards, resting because of the back-to-back scheduling.
Playing in seven games this season, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double per game with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. At 37 minutes per game on the floor, he is a dominant presence for the Wizards.
Look for team leader Bradley Beal to carry more production for the Wizards. Beal’s has a 36% usage rate, which increases to 38% in the 140.7 minutes Westbrook is off the floor. Playing in all nine games this season, Beal averages 36 minutes, 21 points, five rebounds and five assists.
In Westbrook’s absence, Raul Neto should slot into a starting role in the rotation. Neto’s usage increases to 19.8%, up from his average of 17%. Starting two games this season, Neto has played 27 minutes per game, scoring 17 points with two rebounds and three assists.
The Warriors are playing at the fastest pace in the league, averaging 106.5 possessions per game and scores the second-most in the league at 119.2 points per game.
Miami is coming off a 107-105 loss to the Boston Celtics Wednesday. The team averages 105.7 points per game, ranked 27th in the league, averaging 100 possessions per game.
The team focuses on a seven-player rotation, with Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Kelly Olynyk, Goran Dragic and Avery Bradley all playing above 23 minutes per game. Look for Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, and Jimmy Butler to be the leading producers.
Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards Predictions and Picks
The SportsGrid Betting Model is leaning toward the Heat, giving them a 52% chance to win in what looks to be a close matchup with the potentially Westbrook-less Wizards. The model gives a five-star rating to the under, projecting a 214.9 total, and a five-star rating to the Wizards moneyline and spread.
The Wizards played 55 games last season as an underdog, posting a 17-38 record. In games as a 5.5-point underdog, they covered 49% of the time. As a home underdog, they were 10-13, averaging 113.4 points per game, covering 13 times.
Playing 19 games as a road favorite last season, the Heat posted a 9-10 record, averaging 110 points per game and covered eight games.
One of the highest total games of the night, look for this game to stay close, with Bradley Beal carrying most of the Wizards production and forcing the Heat to play up-tempo.
The Pick: Wizards +2