Thursday, November 18th, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT
On Friday, NBA action moves to the Capital One Arena, where the Miami Heat will take on the Washington Wizards. Over their last 10, the Miami Heat have posted a.500 record. The Washington Wizards have won five of their previous eight contests.
The Miami Heat are averaging 110.3 points per game on 46 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting. Both Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro are putting up double-doubles, with Butler averaging 20.9 points and 6.6 rebounds and Herro 19.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. To go along with Max Strus’s 3.8 boards, Bam Adebayo is the team’s third player in double figures. With a 35.2 percent three-point clip and an 86.7 percent free throw clip, the Miami Heat are a formidable opponent. The Miami Heat average 40.5 boards per game while allowing only 36.9 percent on three-point attempts.
Washington is allowing 110.9 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting while scoring 108.9 itself. When compared to Kristaps Porzingis’ 21 points and Bradley Beal’s 2.5 assists per game, it’s clear who the better all-around player is. To go along with Rui Hachimura’s 4.6 boards, Kyle Kuzma is the third player in double figures for scoring. In addition to their 78.9 percent free throw percentage, the Washington Wizards are hitting 35.2 percent from deep. In addition to allowing only 38.5% from beyond the arc, the Washington Wizards are also averaging 44.5 boards per game.
After going 0-4 against the spread on the road, the Heat have gone 5-16 against the spread in their last 21 games overall. After going 0-3-1 against the spread (ATS) in their previous four Friday games, the Wizards have won five of their last six games. In Heat’s last 5 games, the total has gone Over. Over is 5-2 in Wizards previous 7 games at home. In their last 40 trips to Washington, DC, the Heat have posted a 27-11-2 ATS record.
The Miami Heat are superior when everyone is healthy and contributing, but right now neither of those conditions apply. To their credit, the Washington Wizards have been quietly putting together a solid basketball season, and their better health bodes well for them at home. Honestly, I’m not sure what this statement means. I’ll choose the Wizards because of the injuries on the other team.