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Heat Try To Get Back On Track In The Nation’s Capital City

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/13/2014 8:13:48 PM

The Miami Heat lost games on back-to-back nights in New York State last week. The Heat aren’t in a state of crisis, but they do need to re-establish order in their season this Wednesday.

Miami Heat @ Washington Wizards – Wednesday, January 15

Why Miami Will Win

When basketball betting experts look at this game, they’re going to ask themselves, “Can the Heat really lose three games in a row?” Miami lost to New York last Thursday and then fell to Brooklyn in double overtime on Friday, marking the second time in two trips to Brooklyn that the Heat came up short against the veteran Nets. It’s true that Dwyane Wade’s physical health is an issue and will continue to remain that way for the rest of the season, possibly for the rest of the superstar’s career. However, even with Wade at well below full strength, the Heat really have no business losing twice to the Nets, who beat Miami in early November as well. Miami lost to New York on a night when the Knicks had Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton healthy again, so that loss was not too much of a shock. Losing the next night to Brooklyn had to be particularly frustrating for the Heat, especially since a number of people around the NBA are now wondering what might happen if the Heat and Nets somehow meet in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Miami is hearing all this talk, and it has to make the two-time defending champions a bit unsettled and angry. Expect the Heat to come out and make a statement against the Washington Wizards, who – while full of potential – have not been able to produce a winning record through the first 35 games of the season. What should really help Miami here is that the Heat have not played since Friday. A weird four-day break in the schedule should enable the Heat to play at or near their best.

Why Washington Will Win

When people in the online sports betting legal community look at this game, they’re going to note that Miami has been off since Friday. This is, on one level, an advantage for the Heat, in that they’re going to have fresher legs. However, athletes are also creatures of routine, and Miami’s sense of regular rhythm is going to be nonexistent in this game. The Heat, like other NBA teams, have been playing at a steady rate, but a four-day gap in the schedule has brought Miami’s competitive machinery to a halt. It is very easy to envision a scenario in which the Heat play without a lot of cohesion at both ends of the floor. Miami might play with energy, but it might not play with much precision or smoothness. If that’s the case, Washington will win.

Who Will Win

While it is true that Miami could be stagnant and sloppy in this game, the reality of a two-game losing streak will get the Heat’s attention. Miami should be able to focus on this contest and put the Wizards away in the fourth quarter.

NBA Betting Pick: Miami

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