The Miami Heat looks like they picked up right where they left off last season, spreading the floor and pushing the tempo to get the transition points that are offered to them. Washington has gotten much better as they are defending the perimeter as well as moving under the rim, they have shown that the young talent that have picked up have contributed very well and they took the Nets to overtime in Brooklyn. This game will be a fun one to watch as every team plays the Heat as hard as they can knowing they are the ones to beat.
Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards
7:00 PM ET, October 15, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
The Miami players decided to workout hard over the offseason and lost 10 pounds each as they look much fitter and seem to run the floor much better, Wade says that this is the first season he will start with no pain which can only be a good thing for the team. I expect this game to be mostly about the youngsters trying to make the bench and see how the second line works out on the floor together. Oden is gradually coming back and the Heat are looking to get him involved as much as they can.
Washington will look at one thing, winning this game, pushing the ball will not be enough, they have to defend, protecting the rim and not turning the ball over will help them stay in it to the end. The rest will come from finishing at the basket and blocking their man out on rebounds, silly fouls and extra points will destroy this team no matter how good defensively they are.
What to Expect:
The Heat as usual come in as the NBA betting favorites in this game at a spread of -9, I think that is a complete disrespect to the Wizards, a team that has proven they have good players, the all-stars will not play the entire game and the Wizards understand that they have to mix their rotations up, but they will have the starters on the court longer then Miami will so I really expect a comparative game. Take the dog in this game, I expect Miami to win but I doubt they cover that high of a spread in preseason.