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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat - 3/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Heat at Washington Wizards
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Capital One Arena
Washington, DC
The Line
The Line: Washington Wizards -1.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5
TV Channel
FSS, NSWA
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The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards meet Saturday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Miami Heat look for a victory after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 106 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 16.8 points and 4.1 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 assists. Dwyane Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last six road games.

The Washington Wizards look to play spoiler after losing six of their last nine games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 114.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 26 points and 5.2 rebounds while Jabari Parker is averaging 15 points and 7.4 rebounds. Bobby Portis is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have split their last six home games.

The Heat are 25-10-1 ATS in their last 36 games playing on 0 days rest, 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Southeast, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Heat are 24-8-2 ATS in the last 34 meetings in Washington and the road team is 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Wizards last 7 overall. The over is 15-4 in Heat last 19 games playing on 0 days rest.

I know the Washington Wizards are playing improved basketball lately and despite the results, they're competing night in and night out. However, the Miami Heat are clearly the better team here, have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Wizards and still have things to play for these next couple of weeks. And despite their blowout loss last night to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat are playing their best ball of the season and have some recent impressive wins under their belt. The Heat also can't afford to give up a game here in their journey to lockup a playoff spot. This line is all sorts of weird. Still, I'm not going to overthink things. I'm taking the Heat and the free points.

Pick:
Miami Heat +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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