Wizards vs. Heat NBA Picks: How to Bet Washington’s Visit to Miami

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The Washington Wizards head to Florida to take on their division rivals, the Miami Heat. Can the Heat continue their three-game winning streak? After looking at the NBA odds, which team is the right NBA pick?

Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 – 07:30 PM EST at FTX Arena

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards are hoping to get good news on the status of Bradley Beal who is a game-time decision due to COVID protocols. The Wizards are 17-16 on the year, but after a fast start, they have returned to the middle of the pack.

New addition Montrezl Harrell is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.5 points per game in only 25 minutes per game. I am surprised that Harrell is not getting more minutes, but maybe that has to do with the big contract they shelled out in the offseason for Daniel Gafford.

If Beal is out, it will be a good opportunity for Washington point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to prove that he deserves a bigger role in the offense. Dinwiddie was a heralded acquisition for the Wizards this offseason. At a paltry 13 points per game, Dinwiddie’s ability to make an impact on the Wizard’s scoring output has been disappointing.

The Wizards will also be without the services of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is more of a "glue guy". Pope creates space on offense with his 3-point shooting ability but he is most valuable in his ability to defend. Pope is a versatile defender who can shut down players at the 2-4 positions. The Wizards will miss Caldwell-Pope when they are defending the Heat this evening.

The Wizards are also hoping that Rui Hachimura will return. Hachimura is a game-time decision. He was one of the players that the Wizards hoped would have a breakout season, but has yet to play a game for the Wizards this season. Hachimura is going through unknown difficulties in his life, and the Wizards have given him time to figure things out.

The Wizards definitely could use a boost that an effective Hachimura would bring. However, we must wonder how much of an impact Hachimura will be able to make right away, or if he will be in NBA game condition.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat had Jimmy Butler return to the lineup and he helped lead them to a 93-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Butler's return to the lineup is a welcome sight for Miami because he means so much to the Heat.

Butler is a true two-way player who helps the Heat create good shots on the offensive end while adding elite play on the defensive end. With Butler back in the lineup, the Heat can begin to work back to being in the top tier in the East.

Butler's return was accompanied with bad news, however, as now Kyle Lowry is out of the lineup until at least January 2nd. Lowry was doing a great job to keep the heat rolling while Butler was out. He integrates different players into the offense and is also very good at setting the tempo on the offensive end. Lowry leads the team in the manner of a great point guard.

With Lowry out, Jimmy Butler will be relied upon to handle more of the playmaking duties on offense and be responsible for getting the team properly into their offensive sets.

Tyler Herro is the leading candidate for the sixth man of the year award. He leads the Heat in scoring, at 20 points per game. Herro suffered a sophomore slump last season, so it is nice to get him back on track in fulfilling his potential as one of the best scoring threats in the NBA.

He has a nice stroke from beyond the arc and also creates his own shot and gets to the rim. Herro is effective from all three ranges at the rim, in the mid-range, and from 3 point range. The Heat will be more reliant on Herro’s offensive versatility, especially with Kyle Lowry out.

Key Matchup

Tyler Herro vs. Spencer Dinwiddie. Regardless of whether or not Beal plays, the Wizards will need a big night out of Spencer Dinwiddie. If Beal is out, this gives Spencer Dinwiddie the perfect opportunity to prove that he is more deserving of a larger role within the offense. Throughout his career, Dinwiddie has shown that he can be relied upon to be a key scorer and create his own shots when necessary.

Here we have two excellent shot creators; one who is currently getting it done and one who needs to step up.

If Tyler Herro continues the theme of the season so far and is able to outscore Dinwiddie, the Heat have a great chance of covering the spread.

If Dinwiddie has a big game and can remind everyone of all the potential that people have seen in him throughout his career, the Wizards will have the chance to cover the spread.

Best Bet

With Butler back, the Heat have the juice they need to win by a margin. Ömer Yurtseven has adequately stepped in the role left by Adebayo, but Butler is irreplaceable. The Wizards have struggled recently, and Miami is a tough place to try and get back on track. I expect Miami to roll.

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NBA Pick: Miami Heat -6 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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