It’s a battle of Southeast Division teams on the parquet floor down in South Beach. The Washington Wizards are on the road as they travel to face the Miami Heat Friday night. Washington earned a 119-113 home win over Philadelphia Thursday night in their previous contest. Miami was drilled 112-93 on the road by Boston in their last game Wednesday night. The Heat owns a commanding 84-41 advantage in the all-time regular season series and took three of the four matchups last season. In the last meeting, it was Miami prevailing 113-108 on the road on March 23, 2019.
Washington Wizards Seeking Back to Back WinsWashington snapped a three-game skid as they took down Philadelphia at home in their previous contest. The Wizards, who are playing the second game of a back to back here, enter this one fourth in the Southeast Division, 7.5 games behind the Heat for the division lead. In the playoff picture, Washington stood tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Magic. The Wizards trailed by eight after the opening quarter but outscored Philadelphia 40-22 in the second quarter to lead by 10 at the half. Washington didn’t see their lead drop below five in the second half en route to the win. The Wizards shot 45.6 percent from the field, including 11 of 27 from three-point range, and forced 21 Philadelphia turnovers. Rui Hachimura led Washington with 27 points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Wizards enter this contest third in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 118.9 points per game on the year. Washington is 28th in rebounding as they collect 41.8 boards per contest and are first by dishing out 28.4 assists per contest. The Wizards have been a sieve defensively, ranking 30th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 122.9 points per game. Bradley Beal leads the team with 28.7 points and 7.2 assists per game on the season. Isaiah Thomas puts up 12.6 points plus 5.1 assists a night while rookie Rui Hachimura adds 13.4 points and 5.6 boards a night. Davis Bertans (13.6 points), Thomas Bryant (13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds) and Moritz Wagner (12 points) are all averaging in double figures. The Wizards need more from Ish Smith, Isaac Bonga, Troy Brown Jr. and Jordan McRae in order for the team to have success. Washington is 3rd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.8 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Wizards are 10th in the league in threes per game as they drain 12.9 triples a night while the team stands 6th in three-point shooting by hitting 37.1 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Miami Heat Looking to Get Back on TrackMiami saw their three-game win streak snapped as they were clubbed on the road by Boston Wednesday night in their last contest. The Heat enters this game leading the Southeast Division by five games over the Magic. Miami led by eight after the opening quarter but things went downhill from there. The Heat trailed by eight at the half: they didn’t get closer than five the rest of the way. Miami trailed by 13 after three quarters and gave up a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter, which put the game on ice. The Heat shot 43.6 percent from the field, including 14 of 38 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 19 times in the loss. Jimmy Butler led Miami with 37 points in the defeat.
The Heat enters this one 14th in the league in scoring offense with 111 points per game this season. Miami is 18th in the league in rebounding with 44.9 boards a contest while the team stands 10th in assists by dishing out 25 dimes a night. The Heat stands 8th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 105.7 points per game. Jimmy Butler leads the team with 20.1 points, six rebounds and 6.5 assists per game this season. Goran Dragic contributes 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and five assists per contest while Kendrick Nunn chips in 15.3 points a night. Justise Winslow adds 12.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per night. Bam Adebayo chips in 13.9 points, 10.3 rebounds plus four assists a game while Tyler Herro (13.6 points, 3.8 boards) and Duncan Robinson (11.2 points) are all putting together solid numbers so far this season. Miami is tied for 4th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.4 percent from the floor this season. The Heat stands 11th in threes per game by draining 12.8 triples per contest and the team is third in three-point shooting by hitting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
- Wizards are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Heat are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points
- Heat are 10-0-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5
- Heat are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5