Wizards vs. Heat Prediction, NBA In-Season Tournament Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 02, 2023

The NBA’s new In-Season Tournament tips off around the league Friday and the Wizards, arguably the league’s worst team, visit the Heat in East Group B action.

November 03, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Arena
Pointspread +8.5 -110
Moneyline +310
Over / Under o +224.5
Pointspread -8.5 -110
Moneyline -400
Over / Under u +224.5

The Heat are priced as 9-point favourites on the NBA odds.

Wizards vs. Heat NBA In-Season Tournament Betting Odds

Soccer leagues all around the world have in-season tournaments – the Champions League being the most notable – and NBA commissioner Adam Silver has wanted for years to institute one in his sport and it finally happened this offseason. These, however, count toward the NBA’s 82-game regular season. 

All 30 teams were been randomly drawn into groups of five within their conference based on won-loss records from the 2022-23 regular season. Beginning Friday and through Nov. 28 on Tuesday and Fridays except for next Tuesday (election night), each team will play every other club in its group once (two home, two away).  Eight teams advance to the Knockout Rounds: The six group winners and two wild cards, which is one team from each conference with the best record in group play that finished second in its group. The Knockout Rounds will be single-elimination games. The semifinals and final are in Las Vegas. There’s a prize pool and the winning club gets the NBA Cup. The 22 teams that don’t advance will still get their full 82 games in with some creative scheduling. 

Along with Washington and Miami in Group B are Milwaukee, New York and Charlotte. The Bucks are -115 group favourites. It’s the first meeting of the season between the Wizards and Heat. The split four games last season, each sweeping at home.

Washington Wizards

The Wizards for years had been stuck in mediocrity and finally they committed to a clear path this offseason: Full-blown rebuild after trading away All-Stars Bradley Beal (to Phoenix) and Kristaps Porzingis (to Boston). To no surprise, Washington is 1-3 and has the East’s worst point differential at minus-11.0. The defence is truly horrific, allowing a league-worst 126.3 points per game and 49 per cent shooting from the field. Kyle Kuzma is now the team’s best player and is averaging team-highs of 23.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. It would be a major surprise if he’s still around after February’s trade deadline. Jordan Poole was acquired from Golden State in one of those summer trades and is second on the club in averaging 17.3 ppg. Centre Daniel Gafford (8.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) has missed the past two due to a sprained left ankle but may return after a partial practice Thursday. 

Miami Heat

The biggest losers of this NBA offseason? One could argue it’s Miami as the Heat were always linked to Portland superstar Damian Lillard but lost out on him to Milwaukee. Between that and an aging roster that played into mid-June last year, losing in the  NBA Finals to Denver, perhaps it’s not a huge shock the team is off to a 1-4 start – think of it like a Super Bowl Loser’s hangover. It’s Miami’s worst start since 2007-08 (0-5). The Heat really had no right losing at home to a short-handed Nets team on Wednesday, though, 109-105. Brooklyn outscored Miami 34-22 in the fourth. Tyler Herro was the key piece the Heat were offering in the Lillard deal, but the Blazers didn’t want him. Herro seems energized by staying put as he leads the team in scoring at a career-high 26.2 ppg. Former Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry still starts but really in name only as he’s averaging just 6.0 points and 4.2 assists per game. Key reserve Caleb Martin, a playoff hero last season, is out with a knee injury. 105

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