Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat Prediction, Preview and Odds - 11/23/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Venue:  FTX Arena, Miami, FL
Where to Watch:  BSSUN

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Wizards +1.5, Heat -1.5; Over/Under:  211.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Wizards +1.5, Heat -1.5; Over/Under:  212 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Wizards +1.5, Heat -1.5; Over/Under:  211.5 points
 

Season Record

Washington Wizards:  10-7 (1st place, Southeast Division)
Miami Heat:  7-11 (3rd place, Southeast Division)
 
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Recent Form
Washington Wizards:  7-3 last 10
Miami Heat:  4-6 last 10

 

Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat Preview and Analysis

 
The Wizards are coming into this game with a 10-7 record overall and they are 3-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 2 game winning streak with wins coming against the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets in their last game. Kyle Kuzma led the team in points in that game with 28 while Bradley Beal was next on the team with 26 points. Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal each led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Deni Avdija led the team in rebounds with 13. They were 43% from the field, 38.2% from 3-point range, and 72.2% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 108.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 109.4 PPG against them. The Wizards have an ATS record of 8-8-1 this season and their O/U record is 7-10.
 
 
 
The Heat are coming into this game with a 7-11 record overall and they are 6-4 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 4 game losing streak with losses coming against the Toronto Raptors, the Washington Wizards, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves in their last game. Kyle Lowry led the team in points in that game with 21 while Max Strus was next on the team with 19 points. Kyle Lowry led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Bam Adebayo led the team in rebounds with 14. They were 38.9% from the field, 28.9% from 3-point range, and 66.7% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 108.2 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 109.8 PPG against them. The Heat have an ATS record of 5-13 this season and their O/U record is 9-9.

 

Wizards vs Heat Prediction

The current betting odds have the Wizards listed as a 1.5 point underdog in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Wizards have had a pretty good start to their season this year and they are currently leading their division in the Southeast. The season is still early but with the Heat off to a poor start and the Hawks starting to look much better in their games, the Wizards will be focused on keeping their lead in the division here. They have been on a roll lately winning 2 games in a row and a lot of that is coming from Beal and Kuzma who are both picking up where they left off last season, but now they have the added defense of Porzingis to their team and they are much improved from the team that was blowing huge leads last season. The Heat have not been playing great to start the year and being at home hasn't really helped them out either since they are only 6-4. They are also banged up here missing a few of their key players and it will be tough for them to stop the Wizards now that they have found a rhythm in their games lately. The Wizards are going to be trying to keep their good start to the season up and they will take advantage of this good Heat team when they are in a weakened position here. The best way to place a bet here is on the Wizards to cover the spread in this game.
 
Wizards Heat Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Wizards 113 Heat 99.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Washington Wizards: 12-22 ATS after a win by 6 points or less. 19-27 ATS off a home win. 21-12 OVER after a win by 6 points or less.
Miami Heat: 23-13 ATS after a game where both teams scored 105 points or less. 13-4 ATS after playing 4 consecutive road games. 13-7 OVER after scoring 105 points or less 2 straight games.
 

Key Injuries

 
Washington Wizards:  B. Beal (SG) Ques Wed - Thigh. M. Morris (PG) Ques Wed - Ankle. R. Hachimura (PF) Ques Wed - Ankle. D. Wright (PG) Late Dec - Hamstring.
Miami Heat:  U. Haslem (PF) Ques Wed - Personal. G. Vincent (SG) Ques Wed - Knee. J. Butler (PF) Ques Wed - Knee. D. Robinson (SF) Ques Wed - Ankle. T. Herro (SG) Out indefinitely - Ankle. O. Yurtseven (C) Mid Feb - Ankle. V. Oladipo (SG) Out indefinitely - Knee.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“We looked a little sluggish. Obviously made enough plays, especially in the second half. Were able to hold on.” - Wes Unseld after his team’s win against the Hornets in their game on Sunday.
 
 
“It’s just a shame. We weren’t able to make enough plays. I thought our defense was stable enough.” - Erik Spoelstra after his team’s loss against the Timberwolves in their game on Monday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Washington Wizards
PG Monte Morris
SG Bradley Beal
SF Deni Avdija
PF Kyle Kuzma 
C Kristaps Porzingis 
 
Miami Heat
PG Kyle Lowry
SG Max Strus
SF Caleb Martin
PF Haywood Highsmith
C Bam Adebayo
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Washington Wizards
PPG: B. Beal (22.7)
APG: B. Beal (5.8)
Reb/G: K. Porzingis (8.8)
 
Miami Heat
PPG: J. Butler (20.9)
APG: J. Butler (6.1)
Reb/G: B. Adebayo (9.3)
 
Coaches:
Washington Wizards: Wes Unseld (2nd season)
Miami Heat: Erik Spoelstra (15th season)
 


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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