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Game Preview: Heat host Wizards looking to regroup

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After a blowout loss at home to the lowly Utah Jazz, the Heat welcome the division leading Washington Wizards. Can they hang?

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The Details:
Washington Wizards (18-6) @ Miami Heat (12-14)
7:30 PM EST
SunSports and 790 the Ticket

Probable Starters
John Wall PG Norris Cole
Bradley Beal SG Dwyane Wade
Otto Porter SF Luol Deng
Kris Humphries PF Udonis Haslem
Marcin Gortat C Chris Andersen

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

October 29th: Washington, 95 @ Miami, 107 -- View the GAMESTREAM

December 1st: Miami, 86 @ Washington, 107 -- View the GAMESTREAM

GAME PREVIEW
The Miami Heat opened their season with an impressive win over the Washington Wizards. That seemed like a year ago. Since then, the Wizards blew out the Heat in Washington earlier this month as they've been cimbing near the top of the conference. At 18-6, Washington leads the division, and is going to be a tall task.

Miami, on the other hand, is in a downward spiral. The Heat are 4-8 at home this season, have lost their last four games at home and stand at 12-14 on the season. On top of that, this week has revealed some serious injuries for the Heat who will be without Josh McRoberts for likely the season, and are without Chris Bosh for an undisclosed amount of time.

The Heat are one game into a 7 game home stand that will last until they visit the Pacers on New Years Eve. This is the part of the schedule the Heat have take advantage of in order to remain competitive. As it stands, Miami is 7th in the Eastern Conference.

For Washington, they could be without veteran Paul Pierce who missed the last game against Minnesota. Pierce is considered questionable for the game. The Wizards have done well as they have battled minor injuries so far. Washington has won 9 of its last 10 games.

For this game, the Heat will have to control Marcin Gortat, who has really hurt the Heat. In the last game, it was Rasual Butler who showed up and knocked down a bunch of shots to help the Wizards. Washington is one of the top assists teams in the NBA and that can spell trouble for the Heat because it means they move the ball really well. Mostly, it will hinge on how well John Wall plays. If he plays really well, Miami (without Bosh) are going to be in for a long night. If they can make Wall struggle, the Heat may have a chance to keep it close and see what Dwyane Wade can do.

At the very least, let's hope for a competitive game, and not a blowout in South Beach as has been the case lately.

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