Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat Prediction, 11/3/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat
Date: Friday, November 3, 2023
Location: Kaseya Center in Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+8)
The Miami Heat (1-4) will compete against the Washington Wizards (1-3) at Kaseya Center on Friday. Washington opens this matchup as 8-point underdogs. The total is set at 224.5.
The Wizards faced off with the Hawks and took a loss by a final of 130-121 in their last contest. In reference to fouls, the Wizards left the arena with 25 and the Hawks had 16 fouls. They also converted 9 of their 32 attempts from beyond the arc. Atlanta walked away from this one shooting 90.6% when shooting free throws by converting 29 of 32 tries. Moreover, Atlanta grabbed 57 rebounds (14 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Atlanta distributed 26 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. In reference to defense, Washington allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 46 out of 92 shooting. They also doled out 32 dimes in the game in addition to forcing 20 turnovers and having 14 steals. With regard to rebounding, they collected 35 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. At the charity stripe, the Wizards buried 9 of 14 shots for a percentage of 64.3%. Washington ended the contest having earned a 50.5% FG percentage (51 of 101) and made 10 out of their 40 shots from beyond the arc.
Kyle Kuzma is a guy who played a role in the matchup. Kuzma finished 52.4% from the floor and also distributed 6 dimes. He played 25 mins and also pulled down 9 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 25 points on 11 of 21 shooting.
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Washington enters this game with a mark of 1-3 so far this season. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 16.0 fouls per contest. As a unit, Washington is collecting 41.3 boards per game and has accounted for 110 dimes for the season, which is 16th in the league in terms of passing. The Wizards are connecting on 31.5% on three-point attempts (46 of 146) and 73.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 115.3 pts per game (10th in the NBA) while going 46.2% from the field.
Defensively, the Wizards are forcing their opponents into 17.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.3 fouls. They are ranked 21st in the NBA in allowing assists with 122 relinquished this year. The Wizards defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 49.0% (192 of 392) and they relinquish 51.0 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are giving up 38.3% from 3-point land and they are ranked 30th in the league in points per game allowed (126.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Heat took a loss by a score of 109-105 when they faced the Nets. The Heat earned 35 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 46 in the game. They turned the ball over 16 times, while earning 10 steals for the contest. The Nets were called for 18 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Heat to the free throw line for 18 shots. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 77.8%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Miami converted 13 of 38 attempts (34.2%). Overall, the Heat walked away from this one shooting 39 for 91 from the floor which had them shooting 42.9%. The Heat allowed the Nets to bury 37 of their 82 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.1% in the game. They shot 44.4% from 3-point land by hitting 16 of 36 and ended up shooting 19 of 26 at the free throw line (73.1%). In relation to rebounding, Miami allowed Brooklyn to pull down 47 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Bam Adebayo ended up being a major contributor for the Heat in the game. Adebayo earned 21 points in his 33 minutes on the court and added 3 assists in this game. He converted 8 of 12 for this contest giving him a rate of 66.7%, and had 14 rebounds.
Miami has a win-loss record of 1-4 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Heat are connecting on 42.7% from the field, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA. Miami has earned 523 pts for the season (104.6 per game) and they pull down 44.2 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 23.8 times per game (20th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.4 times per contest. The Heat are responsible for committing 17.2 personal fouls per game and they connect on 80.2% from the charity stripe.
The Miami defense allows 37.6% on 3-point attempts (67 of 178) and their opponents are knocking down 70.4% of their free throw shots. They have given up 25.8 dimes and 49.6 total boards per game, which has them ranked 19th and 28th in the league. The Heat on the defensive side of the court are 15th in the NBA in PPG given up with 111.6. They are forcing their opponents into 16.2 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.7% from the field (19th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington (+8)
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