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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat - 10/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Heat (0-1) at Washington Wizards (0-1)
Date & Time Friday October 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5
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NBA | Miami Heat (0-1) at Washington Wizards (0-1)
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The NBA preseason continues with the Miami Heat going on the road to face the Washington Wizards.

The Miami Heat opened their preseason slate with a 104-100 defeat at San Antonio. Miami defended well enough with the Spurs held to 43.5% shooting but the offense was an ice cold 36.8% from the floor which negated ten more looks at the basket.

Hassan Whiteside kept the Heat in the game as he poured in a game high 20 points and hauled in a game high 13 rebounds on 8-10 from the field while Rodney McGruder 15 points on 5-13. Goran Dragic and Duncan Robinson each gave the Heat 12 points with Robinson logging five pulls followed by Dwayne Wade with ten points on 3-10 from the field.

The Washington Wizards were forced to overtime in a 124-121 loss to the NY Knicks in their preseason opener. Washington did not shoot the ball well at 41.2% but the Knicks were held to 43.8% which kept the game competitive.

Kelly Oubre Jr. topped the Wizards in the scoring column with 15 points and a team high eight rebounds on 5-14 followed by Jordan McRae with 14 points on 5-5 shooting. Washington received 13 points and six boards from Otto Porter Jr. on 4-7 with Tomas Satoransky adding 12 points while Bradley Beal and Jason Smith combined for 21 points.

Heat are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and under is 6-1 in Heat last 7 games following a ATS loss and under is 6-1 in Heat last 7 games following a straight up loss. Over is 6-1 in Wizards last 7 games following a ATS loss and under is 5-1 in Wizards last 6 Friday games and over is 4-1 in Wizards last 5 games following a straight up loss. Heat are 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. Heat are 23-8-2 ATS in the last 33 meetings in Washington and over is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. 

I think the veteran corps of Miami comes together a bit more in their second game and it shows on the scoreboard...

Pick:
Miami +3.5

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