Basketball betting handicappers have seen Miami Heat up with the board as they all of a sudden emerged as a top shelf NBA betting value in December.
The Miami Heat will look to maintain their momentum on Saturday as they travel to Washington for a matchup against the Wizards on NBA TV with a start time of 7 PM ET. Be sure and check Sports Gambling for the side and total odds on this game and to open your account.
Miami beat the NBA odds in their first 7 games of December and overtook the Orlando Magic as the leaders of the NBA Southeast Division.
Miami may have a lot of notoriety for the famed “Three Kings” and have the reputation of having plenty of offensive weapons but defense has been the difference in their success as they rank 2nd in the NBA for points allowed while ranking 11th for scoring offense. LeBron James was averaging 24.2 points per game to lead the team and he also led in assists with 7.2 per game.
Chris Bosh led Miami in rebounding with 7.9 per game while averaging just under 18 points per game. Miami’s mainstay superstar Dwyane Wade was averaging 23.1 points per game. Miami covered 7 of their first 12 road games while going under the total in 7 of those games.
Washington was at the bottom of the Southeast Division standings with a 6-16 record and was an even 5-5 split with the NBA lines at home while going under the total in 6 of those games. The Wizards were one of the worst defensive teams in the league as they ranked 26th for points allowed while ranking 20th for scoring offense.
Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 17.5 points per game while JaVale McGee was the leading rebounder with 8.5 per game. John Wall led in assists with 8.9 per outing.
Miami has paid out in 8 of their last 10 basketball betting matchups with Washington while the two teams have gone over the total in 6 of their last 9 meetings. The Heat have been especially effective at Washington with a mark of 14-2-1 against the spread and 5 consecutive payouts over the Wizards on their home floor.