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Heat at Wizards - 1/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat (19-13) at Washington Wizards (15-16)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards -1.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds


The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards meet Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center.

The Miami Heat look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 95.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Dwayne Wade is averaging 18.6 points and 4.6 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.2 rebounds and Goran Dragic is dishing 5.3 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.5 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat have split their last 10 road games. Justise Winslow is questionable with an ankle injury.

Heat at Wizards - 1/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Washington Wizards need this victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Washington Wizards are averaging 101.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 46.3 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 19.7 points and 9.9 assists while Marcin Gortat is averaging 13.6 points and 9.7 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Ramon Sessions is dishing 2.6 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Wizards are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game. The Washington Wizards have won five of their last eight home games. DeJuan Blair, Nene, Drew Gooden and Gary Neal are questionable.

The Heat are 38-17-2 ATS in their last 57 Sunday games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wizards are 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Washington.

I'm not taking a banged up Wizards team over a healthy Heat team. I just can't do it. Miami is the better team and the Wizards continue to struggle defensively with so many injuries. 

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