Heat vs. Wizards - 12/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (18-6) at Miami Heat (12-14)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat +4 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, SUN
The Washington Wizards and Miami Heat play Friday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Washington Wizards have won nine of their last 10 games and play their third road game of the month. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 101 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 96.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 17.8 points and 10.6 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 15.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game and Rasual Butler is shooting 54.2 percent from the field. The Washington Wizards offense continues to tear things up, as they’re shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 47.3 percent from deep in their last five games. The Wizards are 10-2 SU when topping 100 points and will continue to win if they keep shooting that high percentage. Paul Pierce is questionable for this game with a toe injury.
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The Miami Heat have split their last six games and hope to stay afloat until Chris Bosh returns. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 22.5 points and 5.3 assists while Luol Deng is averaging 14 points and 4.9 rebounds. Mario Chalmers is dishing out 4.2 assists while Shawne Williams is shooting 44.3 percent from the field. The Miami Heat have had defensive struggles all year but their offense has really taken a nosedive without Bosh. The Heat are shooting just 41 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Heat are also 4-8 SU at home, a stat that is also troubling for this team.
The Wizards are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest. The Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Miami and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Heat have been horrible at home it doesn't matter who they play. And with the way the Wizards are shooting the ball and the lack of defense the Heat are playing, this one could get ugly. Give me Washington and the chalk.