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Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards - 10/4/16 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wizards vs. Heat

NBA Basketball: Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBA League Pass

The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards begin their 2016 preseason early Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.

The Miami Heat will begin the 2016-17 season without an active all-star for the first time under the Pat Riley era. Dwyane Wade is now in Chicago and Chris Bosh isn’t cleared to play due to blood clots. That leaves the Heat a giant question mark entering the preseason, as Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside are now the go-to players in Miami. Sure, there’s building blocks on the roster with youngsters Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, but depth is a serious issue for the Heat right now. Preseason will be key for the Miami Heat, as newcomers Dion Waiters, Derrick Williams, Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed and Luke Babbitt must hit the ground running and build chemistry if this is going to be a successful season.

Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards - 10/4/16 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Wizards hope for a bounce back season after finishing .500 and missing the playoffs. The Wizards have a proven head coach in Scott Brooks, but he’ll have his work cut out for him in his first season. After an intriguing duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington is a big mixture of mediocrity and uncertainty. The good news for the Wizards is that there are promising and encouraging players in Sheldon McClellan, Johnny O'Bryant III, Otto Porter Jr. and Trey Burke, who could shine and turn heads in the preseason. The bad news is that it’s going to take a whole lot of convincing to believe that the Washington Wizards are going to be better than they were a season ago. Still, the Wizards will be a team to watch simply because of their explosive backcourt.

The Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Heat are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as a road underdog. The over is 5-1 in Wizards last 6 overall.

I'm higher on the Miami Heat than most people, but it's going to take some time for the young guys to get going and know their role. The Wizards are a lot like the Heat in terms of having a lot of guys fighting for playing time and looking for bench roles. Considering this game is at home for Washington, I'll side with the Wizards and the low chalk, but this is one I could see going either way. 

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Washington Wizards -3.5

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