Miami Heat (0-1) vs Washington Wizards (0-0)Date : 10/18/2018
Time : 8:00 PM ET
Location : Capital One Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards
The Wizard open up their NBA campaign against the Miami Heat last season the Wizard finished as the 8th seed and lost to the Raptors in the first round in 6 games. The Heat is coming off a tough road loss against the Magic in their season opener. Game tips off at 8:00 PM ET.
Miami Heat 's Latest Performance :
The Heat is coming off a tough loss against the Magic despite the late rally in the 4th quarter. In their first back, Dragic looked like the most reliable offensive player on the Heat team he created offense for others and himself with his ability to dribble his way into the paint. He finished the game with 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He will now have to guard a speedy John Wall in his next game. It was a good showing from Hassan Whiteside he had 12 points and 18 rebounds in 34 minutes although at times he got outrebounded by the Magic Bigs, however, things will only get better from here. The Heat needs to work on boxing out as they were outscored by the Magic 28-13. Josh Richardson shot 8-21 from the game, the 21 attempts was his career high, it was good to see him aggressive on the floor as Coach Spo wants him to be more involved in the offense.
Player to watch: Hassan Whiteside, he is coming off an 18 rebound night so I expect him to go head to head against Dwight Howard from the get-go and limit Howard offensively. It was nice to see Hassan aggressive on the board in the season opener because it gives us a glimpse of what he will do later on.
Washington Wizards's Latest Performance :
Can Dwight Howard improve the current core that the Wizard currently have? That remains to be seen, over the past few seasons the Wizards have been an average team they look good during the regular season but can’t seem to get over the hump when the postseason rolls around. Washington landed Austin Rivers and Otto Porter will the third scorer on this team behind Beal and Wall. Markieff Morris development took a huge hit it seems like to me he has reached his ceiling because we don’t see him dominating games like he is capable of doing but it will be interesting to see how he pairs up with Howard in the court this season. If the Beal and Wall partnership does not work out we could possibly see these two parting ways at the end of the season. Playing against the Heat will be a very interesting matchup between Whiteside and Howard it is a great opportunity for Howard to showcase his talents on a new team.
Player to watch: John Wall, he will be going up against Dragic, in his final preseason game, he had 14 points, six rebounds, nine assists, four turnovers, two treys, two steals and a block against the Knicks. He is coming back from an injury and should be ready to go in the home opener.
How Miami Heat & Washington Wizards Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Wizards are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Heat are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest.
Against The Spread Selection: Washington Wizard
My reason for the pick :
The Wizards should pick up a win at home against the Heat. Despite a great game from the Heat backcourt in their previous game, they are now going up against an elite backcourt playing against Wall and Beal. It will be tough for Dragic and J-Rich to cover them defensively. After failing to advance into the second round last season the Wizards will be looking to come out of the gate with firepower and show their fans that they are a much-improved team compared to last season. Howard will have a great debut for the Wizards as he proved to be a great addition to the team.
The Wizards to beat the Heat at home in their home opener.
Betting trends for Miami Heat :
- Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Washington Wizards:
- Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.