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Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Prediction

Miami Heat

February 04

01:00

100 : 103

Washington Wizards

Miami Heat

Washington Wizards

Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Prediction

Having recovered from a seemingly improbable position to stun the Brooklyn Nets last time out, the struggling Washington Wizards (4-12) face a tricky away trip to Miami (7-13) next, after both teams snapped respective losing streaks recently. Miami were 105-104 winners over the Sacramento Kings before losing overtime against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

The team with the NBA's worst record defiantly stunned Brooklyn - a video game score - as late buckets from Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook helped them to a 149-146 victory.

Who will come out on top in this Eastern Conference clash between sides who haven't started the regular season well for contrasting reasons? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Preview

It took more time than usual because of a persistent injury to his perennial All-Star and COVID-19 protocols impacting their momentum with multiple postponed games.

Maybe, things are looking up for Scott Brooks, and his players should look to use their wild win in the early hours on Monday as a platform to build upon. Beal and Westbrook hit threes in a 3.8-second sequence late on, as the Wizards beat Kevin Durant's 37-point effort dramatically.

Westbrook had a season-high 41 points, alongside 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals while Beal - the league's scoring leader - had 37. Post-game, Brooks gushed about the 32-year-old, who has acquired in the John Wall trade this past offseason.

"Russell willed this game, this is what he does - he can do it every night. He doesn't shoot the ball well every night but doesn't take nights out."

With a quad injury continuing to trouble him, Westbrook has only played in 10-of-16 games so far this term, but despite forcing an epic collapse from one of the NBA's titles contenders, he'll hope this is just the start of an upturn in form. On playing hard out on the court, he said:

"That's part of leadership. It's a part of my responsibility as a leader to bring it every single night - I take pride because I don't think that everybody does that in sports."

How will they fare against a Miami side who are hurting after losing late on themselves?

Malik Monk produced the best scoring game of his career to date - 36 points, including nine threes from the bench - while Devonte' Graham (24 pts, five ast) and Cody Zeller (19 pts, 12 rebs, two blocks) were key.

They rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 2:47 of regulation, stifling Miami on Monday night with a record-breaking display.

Monk's 36 is a new Hornets' bench record, one better than the 35 that Graham had against Indiana on Nov. 5, 2019. James Borrego hailed his players' resiliency with their backs against the wall, not least as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo took charge for the Heat.

Butler had 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals while Adebayo was one rebound shy of a double-double (23 and 9, three blocks). Afterwards, Adebayo stressed their need to establish defensive stops - regardless of whether shots are falling or not down the other end.

Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards Betting Tips

Unsurprisingly, ESPN's Basketball Power Index has given Miami a clear edge ahead of this encounter (69.5%) - both because they're a better team on paper, and as they are considerably more consistent than Brooks' men right now.

I'm predicting a hard-fought home win on this occasion with Butler back, though it'll be interesting to see whether the Beal-Westbrook pairing is decisive for a second game running after their late-game heroics at Brooklyn's expense.

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94 - 108 Oklahoma City Thunder

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21-02-2021

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19-02-2021

110 - 118 Sacramento Kings

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18-02-2021

120 - 112 Golden State Warriors

L
16-02-2021

125 - 118 LA Clippers

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112 - 94 Utah Jazz

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111 - 110 Boston Celtics

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10-01-2021

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Predicted Lineup

Duncan Robinson

Kelly Olynyk

Tyler Herro

Bam Adebayo

Jimmy Butler

Bradley Beal

Rui Hachimura

Russell Westbrook

Robin Lopez

Davis Bertans

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109-99 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

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124-116 vs Utah Jazz (H)

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116-108 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

W

108-94 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

96-94 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-110 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

W

112-120 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

118-125 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

94-112 vs Utah Jazz (A)

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101-94 vs Houston Rockets (A)

W
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110-111 vs Boston Celtics (A)

W

128-112 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

112-110 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

L

116-135 vs LA Clippers (A)

W

127-124 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-111 vs Portland Trail Blazers (A)

W

130-128 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

W

131-119 vs Houston Rockets (H)

W

104-91 vs Boston Celtics (H)

L

91-109 vs New York Knicks (H)

109-99 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

124-116 vs Utah Jazz (H)

W

116-108 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

W
W

128-112 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

130-128 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

W

131-119 vs Houston Rockets (H)

W

104-91 vs Boston Celtics (H)

L

91-109 vs New York Knicks (H)

108-94 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

96-94 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-110 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

W

112-120 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

118-125 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

94-112 vs Utah Jazz (A)

L

101-94 vs Houston Rockets (A)

W
L

110-111 vs Boston Celtics (A)

W

112-110 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

L

116-135 vs LA Clippers (A)

W

127-124 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-111 vs Portland Trail Blazers (A)

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