The Miami Heat (24-8) look to continue it’s 5 game win streak on the road tonight against the struggling Washington Wizards (9-22).
Miami currently has a 9-7 road record but is 17-2 in Conference play compared to Washington’s 5-12 record when they play an Eastern Conference opponent. Miami is currently 8-2 in its last game and the Wizards are 2-8, losing to below-average teams such as the Knicks and the Bulls.
Washington: Thomas Bryant: out (foot), CJ Miles: out (wrist), Moritz Wagner: day-to-day (ankle), Bradley Beal: day-to- day (leg), Rui Hachimura: out (groin), John Wall: out (left torn Achilles), Davis Bertans: day to day (quad).
Miami: Justise Winslow (Back/Bone Bruise, Out)
Miami should be able to cruise by a struggling Washington Wizards team tonight. Coming off a very motivating win for the Heat against the 76ers and Washington coming off a loss against the Knicks, Miami has a clear edge to win this game.
The Heat already beat Washington on December 6th early this season 103-112, in a game that featured a Jimmy Butler triple-double.
Bradley Beal, who is currently day to day with a leg injury he suffered in the 4th quarter Saturday against the Knicks is Miami’s biggest concern if he does suit up tonight. Averaging 27.8 points per game, the Heat need to limit his touches on the floor.
With Wizards starting Center Thomas Bryant out with a Foot injury, Miami needs to look at feeding Bam Adebayo, Meyers Leonard, and Kelly Olynyk the ball and take advantage of the paint protection tonight.