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Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Prediction

Miami Heat

February 06

01:00

122 : 95

Washington Wizards

Miami Heat

Washington Wizards

Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Prediction

Armed with one of the league's worst records at 5-13, the Wizards' resiliency was on display in midweek. Bradley Beal scoring 32 points as they rallied from a 13-point deficit after half-time to outlast Erik Spoelstra's men without perennial All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

Beal had eight rebounds, four assists, a block and stole in a game-high 38 minutes as they earned a hard-fought 103-100 win. Promising rookie small forward Deni Avdija added 13, including three of their 15 made three-pointers. At the same time, second-year power forward Rui Hachimura was a rebound shy of his first double-double this season.

Miami (7-14) have started the season sluggishly themselves, just months after an unlikely NBA Finals run in the Orlando bubble back in October. Time waits for no man, so can they bounce back by exacting revenge to start the weekend on a high note before travelling to New York? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Preview

Washington, heavily criticised for their dismal start this term, held Miami to 32 points in the final 23 minutes. That defiant defensive display led to praise from head coach Scott Brooks, whose job security remains uncertain regarding their cohesion issues. Post-game, he said:

"We've gone through a lot, we fought and kept fighting.

That's what we're going to do - we're not happy with our win total (5), we're going to keep competing."

Westbrook should return here, having missed another of their back-to-back schedule as stressed by his injury recovery plan. Meanwhile, for their hosts, shooting guard Tyler Herro led the hosts with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while Jimmy Butler was three stats short of a triple-double and Bam Adebayo produced a double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) alongside six assists.

Spoelstra highlighted a need for Miami (7-14) to improve and fast, given a disappointing start to the regular season themselves:

"There's some points in the game that you can't even explain. Look, everybody's disappointed, uncomfortable. We all - staff and player alike - want to be better than what we've shown."

Does that start here, in the second of their two-game series? If so, they'll need to force Beal into tougher looks: the 28-year-old has scored at least 25 points in all of his 17 games this term, the first player to do so since Rick Barry in 1966-67.

Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Betting Tips

ESPN's Basketball Power Index is clearly favouring Miami in this matchup (67.6%), as they expect Spoelstra's men to perform better - even with Westbrook returning - in an Eastern Conference matchup between two sides eyeing a swift rise up the standings. While I don't think it's that clear advantage, it makes sense. 

In midweek, both teams struggled with their FT%, in the low 70s, but Miami's inability to hit threes at a consistent clip (34.3%) is something they'll improve upon this time around. As such, I'm backing them to snap a two-game losing streak and split the two-game series. 

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Predicted Lineup

Duncan Robinson

Kelly Olynyk

Tyler Herro

Bam Adebayo

Jimmy Butler

Bradley Beal

Rui Hachimura

Russell Westbrook

Robin Lopez

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