Heat, Wizards Head For Cover ... And You Can Bet On It

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:22 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019 4:22 PM UTC

The Miami-Charlotte game carries huge playoff implications, while Washington looks to keep up against lowly Dallas. Can the Heat and Wizards cover the spread?

Miami (29-34 SU, 33-30 ATS) at Charlotte (29-34 SU, 29-32-2 ATS)

Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET
Free NBA Pick: Heat ATS
Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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The Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets, tied in the Eastern Conference standings and neck-and-neck with Orlando for the eighth and final postseason spot, meet twice in 12 days, starting with tonight's game in Charlotte. The teams also play March 17 in Miami.

Charlotte has slipped, losing eight of its past 11 games, including a 118-108 decision at home on Sunday to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hornets were within 97-96 with 6:22 to go before Portland pulled away with a 15-2 run.

The Heat seemed to reach a low point on Feb. 25 when they lost at home to Phoenix, their ninth loss in 11 games. But they have since won three of four, with victories over Golden State, Brooklyn and Atlanta, the latter a 114-113 decision Monday night.

Miami guard Goran Dragic (left calf strain) missed his second consecutive game on Monday night. Center Hassan Whiteside (hip strain) returned after missing three games, although he came off the bench.

Dwyane Wade, third on the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game, reached a milestone Monday when he became the most prolific shot-blocking guard in NBA history. Wade is up to 1,052 blocked shots in the regular season and postseason, one more than the great Michael Jordan.

Charlotte continues to rely on All-Star guard Kemba Walker (25.1 points, 5.8 assists per game) but has also received surprising contributions from little-used center Frank Kaminsky in the past two games. He scored 15 on Friday against Brooklyn and followed with 18 vs. Portland.

The Heat are an impressive 20-11 ATS on the road this season and should be able to use their veteran leadership to upset a reeling Hornets team.

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ICYMI: With this rejection last night @DwyaneWade surpassed Michael Jordan for the most blocks by a guard in NBA History (regular season and playoffs).

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Dallas (27-36 SU, 36-27 ATS) at Washington (26-37 SU, 28-35 ATS)

Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET
Free NBA Pick: Wizards ATS
Best Line Offered: Bovada

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If the Washington Wizards are going surge into playoff position, the time for them to make a move is now. Beginning with Sunday's win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Wizards (26-37) are in an eight-game stretch with seven against teams with losing records and six at home, where Washington is 18-12.

Three of those contests (two against Charlotte and one versus Orlando) are against the teams they are chasing. The Wizards are 11th in the Eastern Conference, a few games behind a logjam of the Hornets, Magic and Heat. Washington has won two of three following Sunday's 135-121 victory over the visiting Timberwolves. Bobby Portis had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Brady Beal and reserve Jabari Parker added 22 points each for Washington. Portis shot 10 of 18 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

The team also managed the ball better. The Wizards came in averaging 18 turnovers per game since the All-Star break but committed only eight against the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight. Washington now looks to take advantage of the reeling Mavericks, who have lost seven of eight and eight of 10, all by at least nine points. Their last two losses have come by a total of 69 points.

On Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-88 victory over the visiting Mavericks. Dallas trailed the entire game, with the deficit ballooning to as many as 44 points. Dallas has struggle on the road, amassing a 15-17 road ATS record, while the Wizards are 18-11 at home this season and should have no problem covering the spread.

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