Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards - 11/3/13
Washington Wizards (0-2) at Miami Heat (1-2)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -12 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
Lebron James and the Miami Heat return home to face John Wall and the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.
Head to head, the Wizards are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Miami while the road team is 24-9-1 ATS in the last 34 meetings. The Heat are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Wizards on the other hand are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
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The reigning champion Miami Heat find themselves in an early two-game funk after falling in Brooklyn on Friday night by the narrowest of margins. Miami, who finds themselves below .500 for the first time since losing its first game with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, came up empty on their two-game road trip, losing to a surprising Philadelphia team first up (without Dwyane Wade) and then in Brooklyn as their rally from a double-digit deficit came up short, going down 101-100. The Heat however, will play five of its next six games at home as they look to get their season back on track.
It hasn’t been an ideal start for the Washington Wizards either as they have dropped their opening two games of the season. After falling in Detroit 102-113 in their season debut, the Wizards then fell victim to the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener, who had just beaten the Heat the night before. It didn’t look that way early on as Washington controlled proceedings and held a double-digit lead at the half. However, the visitors then went onto outscore the heavily favored Wizards 65-48 in the second half to run away 109-102 winners.
Having started 0-2, the Wizards are going to be hungry for a win here, but so are the reigning champs having lost two straight. While taking the points looks tempting, we aren’t really even sure if Washington is going to be any good this season and their two trips to Miami last season resulted in two losses by combined 53 points, granted John Wall wasn’t around for those games.
There are a lot of injuries surrounding this game and I have only found one or two places with a line out yet. In any event, I’ll be taking Miami in this one and you would expect a sense of urgency out of them tonight, which is always a scary proposition for the opponent…
Dan’s Pick: Miami -12