Thursday, December 9 2021

Through 3 Quarters

The Washington Wizards typically have all the answers at home, but the Miami Heat are posing a tough problem. The Heat currently hold a 75-71 lead.

Miami has been riding high on the performance of small forward Jimmy Butler, who has 20 points in addition to five rebounds. One thing to keep an eye out for is Bam Adebayo’s foul situation as he currently sits at four.

Washington has enjoyed the tag-team combination of shooting guard Bradley Beal and center Montrezl Harrell. The former has 21 points and six assists, while the latter has 13 points along with seven boards.

Washington hasn’t lost 71% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this season, so a win here would be refreshing.

Who’s Playing

Miami @ Washington

Current Records: Miami 11-5; Washington 10-5

What to Know

The Miami Heat have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. Miami and the Washington Wizards will face off in a Southeast Division battle at 7 p.m. ET Saturday at Capital One Arena. The Heat will be strutting in after a win while Washington will be stumbling in from a defeat.

Miami is hoping for another victory. They took down Washington 112-97 on Thursday. Small forward Jimmy Butler continued his habit of dropping crazy stat lines, picking up 32 points and five assists.

Barring any buzzer beaters, Miami is expected to win a tight contest. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a five-game streak of ATS wins.

The Heat are now 11-5 while the Wizards sit at 10-5. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Miami have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43%, which places them third in the league. Washington is completely their equal: they also come into the matchup with 43% field goal percentage.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Capital One Arena — Washington, District of Columbia
  • TV: NBC Sports Washington
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $36.13

Odds

The Heat are a slight 2-point favorite against the Wizards, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Heat as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

Miami have won 17 out of their last 24 games against Washington.

  • Nov 18, 2021 – Miami 112 vs. Washington 97
  • Feb 05, 2021 – Miami 122 vs. Washington 95
  • Feb 03, 2021 – Washington 103 vs. Miami 100
  • Jan 09, 2021 – Miami 128 vs. Washington 124
  • Mar 08, 2020 – Miami 100 vs. Washington 89
  • Jan 22, 2020 – Miami 134 vs. Washington 129
  • Dec 30, 2019 – Washington 123 vs. Miami 105
  • Dec 06, 2019 – Miami 112 vs. Washington 103
  • Mar 23, 2019 – Miami 113 vs. Washington 108
  • Jan 04, 2019 – Miami 115 vs. Washington 109
  • Nov 10, 2018 – Washington 116 vs. Miami 110
  • Oct 18, 2018 – Miami 113 vs. Washington 112
  • Mar 10, 2018 – Miami 129 vs. Washington 102
  • Mar 06, 2018 – Washington 117 vs. Miami 113
  • Nov 17, 2017 – Miami 91 vs. Washington 88
  • Nov 15, 2017 – Washington 102 vs. Miami 93
  • Apr 12, 2017 – Miami 110 vs. Washington 102
  • Apr 08, 2017 – Miami 106 vs. Washington 103
  • Dec 12, 2016 – Miami 112 vs. Washington 101
  • Nov 19, 2016 – Miami 114 vs. Washington 111
  • Feb 20, 2016 – Miami 114 vs. Washington 94
  • Jan 20, 2016 – Washington 106 vs. Miami 87
  • Jan 03, 2016 – Miami 97 vs. Washington 75
  • Dec 07, 2015 – Washington 114 vs. Miami 103

Injury Report for Washington

  • Davis Bertans: Out (Ankle)
  • Rui Hachimura: Out (Not Injury Related)
  • Thomas Bryant: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Miami

  • Markieff Morris: Out (Neck)
  • Victor Oladipo: Out (Quadriceps)

Source: CBSSports.com

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