Nov 18, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dribbles the basketball against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of the game at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
The Heat and Wizards meet for the second straight game on Saturday, November 20th
Miami is a 1.5-point road favorite
Find the odds, analysis, and best bet below
Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference so far will face-off on Saturday, November 20th as the Miami Heat visit the Washington Wizards, who are looking for their fourth consecutive win on home court. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm ET at Capital One Arena.
Miami and DC previously met on Thursday in South Beach, with Jimmy Butler and Co. cruising to a 112-97 victory behind his 32 points. The Heat have now won three of their last four against the Wizards.
Heat vs Wizards Odds
Odds as of November 19th at FanDuel.
Miami Showing Out
After a small three-game losing streak, the Heat have responded with authority, going unbeaten in their last four contests, taking down the Jazz, Thunder, Pelicans, and most recently, the Wizards. During this span, Erik Spoelstra’s squad have outscored their opponents by an average of 12 points.
Thursday was a terrific performance from Miami, who improved to 6-1 at home. Jimmy Buckets led the way with 32, while Bam Adebayo also dropped 20 points. Tyler Herro missed out due to a wrist injury and will be sidelined once again on Saturday, but other players in the rotation stepped up. P.J. Tucker, who was mostly brought in for his defensive prowess, collected 15 points on 3 for 3 shooting from downtown. Gabe Vincent had 18 as well as he saw increased minutes with Herro on the shelf.
While the Wizards did shoot the ball relatively well as a whole, the Heat played lockdown defense once again, allowing just 98 points. It was actually the third straight game where they held their opponents to under 100 points. Miami thrived off DC’s mistakes too, translating 17 turnovers into 20 points while outscoring Washington 50-40 in the paint.
Jimmy turned in his 2nd 30+ point game in as many nights
32 points (11-19 FG, 10-10 FT) to go along with 5 assists & 4 steals pic.twitter.com/0xkL7qJnhK
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 19, 2021
On both sides of the ball, the Heat are looking phenomenal and all the offseason moves made by the front office are fully paying off. Kyle Lowry has brought defense, scoring, experience, and playmaking to the table, giving Butler the chance to thrive more as a scorer. Tucker meanwhile offers toughness and the ability to contain the best players in the Association. Although Herro is dealing with a small injury at the moment, his rapid development in Year 3 will also be huge to this team’s success in the long run.
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Can Wizards Keep Shining at Home?
Washington has been one of the most surprising organizations in the NBA thus far, going 10-5. While they’ve lost back-to-back contests, Wes Unseld Jr.’s group was riding a five-game winning streak. Just like Miami, the Wizards have looked impressive defensively, allowing only 103.6 points per night this season.
Headed home for a rematch on Saturday.#DCAboveAll | @Ticketmaster pic.twitter.com/PgGpVxWMWw
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 19, 2021
Thursday’s game against the Heat wasn’t the greatest showing, however. Aside from Bradley Beal’s 30 points, he didn’t receive a lot of help. Kyle Kuzma added 19 points, but the highest scorer past him was Corey Kispert who dropped 13 off the bench. DC did give Spencer Dinwiddie the night off though, who is easily one of their best offensive weapons. He’ll be back on the floor for Saturday.
The Wizards are usually very good at taking care of the basketball, committing the seventh fewest turnovers in the league. That wasn’t the case here though, turning it over 17 times. Beal had six of them on his own. On a more positive note though, Washington shot the ball extremely well from beyond the arc, draining 42% of their attempts.
DC is 6-1 at Capital One Arena in 2021/22 and score 113.3 points at home as opposed to just 100 on the road. They’re also 9-6 overall ATS. The Wizards will need to contain Butler and be more aggressive with the rock, going to the line a mere 10 times in Thursday’s loss. Having Dinwiddie back in the fold should definitely help the offense get into more of a rhythm.
Heat vs Wizards Pick
The spread is extremely close here, which makes sense. Both of these teams are playing quality basketball this season. But, the Wizards are practically unbeatable at home. I personally believe they’re going to bounce back and get revenge on Miami. The sloppy play will be fixed and Dinwiddie’s return will play an integral part in Washington grabbing a much-needed victory.
Pick: Washington Wizards Moneyline +102