Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards - 4/12/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The league-worst Nets became relevant again in their season-ending loss to Chicago.

Beat a short-handed Brooklyn Nets team that plans to sit six players on Wednesday night and advance to the playoffs. All signs are pointing to the Bulls being gift-wrapped a playoff spot, which they will clinch with a win over the Nets or a loss by the Miami Heat to the Washington Wizards.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful that his team can carry the mindset from Monday's win to Wednesday's potential playoff clincher. They have to get the win and they might be trying for it without Rajon Rondo who was shooting at practice on Tuesday, but wasn't a full participant in activities.

The Miami Heat (40-41) host the Washington Wizards (49-32) at the AmericanAirlines Arena in the final game of the season with everything on the line.

However, thanks to the Nets and the favorable schedule to close the year for the Bulls, the red-hot Heat may still miss out on postseason action.

The Miami Heat completed a stirring second half to the National Basketball Association regular season by setting a new milestone on Wednesday but their brilliance was not rewarded with a playoff berth as the growing trend of resting players took on extra significance.

Take your best guess as to Butler's goal for the final game of the regular season.

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On the other hand, Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 25 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Malcolm Brogdon can pad his Rookie of the Year case against the Hornets and Celtics, and he's got a great chance at winning the award, unless Rodney McGruder goes off for 70 points or Joel Embiid is resurrected.

"Listen, guys want to play 82 games, let's face it, " Atkinson said.

All of this is good news for the Heat, but it's certainly not a guarantee Miami will win.

The NBA playoffs tip off Saturday.

Only two of the eight first-round matchups were undecided going into Wednesday. The other went to the Indiana Pacers, who downed the Atlanta Hawks.

Atlanta, which will head to Washington to open a playoff series this weekend and is locked into the No. 5 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs, was without five of its top players for the game in Indiana.

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But San Jose battled back to forge a tie before Melker Karlsson scored 3:22 into overtime for the comeback victory. Doing the same against McDavid and the Oilers will be crucial. "You really have to go through it to learn it.

With a barrage of dunks of his own throughout the night, Miami center Willie Reed came off the bench to shoot a almost ideal 8-of-9 from the field en route to 16 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of action.

History for Harden: James Harden had his 22nd triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Houston Rockets wrap up the regular season with a 123-118 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. "At the end of the day, our goal was to get to the playoffs and we were able to accomplish that".

"If we had made the playoffs, we would have been a really tough opponent for any team", Dragic said.

Wade said he doesn't expect the Heat to lose, and he knows the Bulls will have to take care of business to earn their spot.

"For a long time, we were stuck on nine wins", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. Team owners wouldn't approve this because they won't get as many games, and games are where you can make money. I know the group we're gonna send out there is gonna compete. The full draft order has some ties that need to be resolved, but Portland is on track to have three picks in the first round.

The Bulls will play the Celtics in the first round beginning Sunday in Boston.

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