The Washington Wizards and Miami Heat meet Friday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
The Washington Wizards could use a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 112.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 116.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while Trevor Ariza is averaging 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.4 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost each of their last seven road games.
The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 18.5 points and 3.7 assists while Dwyane Wade is averaging 14.1 points and 3.9 assists. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing three rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last six home games.
The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast, 16-35 ATS in their last 51 road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Wizards are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Heat last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Wizards last 5 overall.
The Washington Wizards will continue to fall apart without John Wall, as this team wasn't winning even with one of the better point guards in the league. The Wizards have been at their worst on the road, as they're being outscored by 11 points while allowing 48.3 percent shooting. The Miami Heat have quietly been one of the hotter teams in the league the last couple of weeks, and they're shooting 49.4 percent from the field while outscoring teams by 12.4 points in their last five games. We have two teams heading in different directions, and the Wizards don't have the firepower to counter this Miami defense. I'll take the Heat in a home beatdown.