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Game Preview: Heat return home hoping to end skid vs Wizards

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The Heat have dropped 5 games in a row and are in need of some relief.

NBA: Preseason-Miami Heat at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are happy to be home. After a difficult 3-game trip against some elite East teams, the Heat hope some home cooking will help them end a five game losing streak.

Up first, the Washington Wizards, who aren’t much better at 9-13 on the season. The Heat, 7-17, are only one game back of last place on the Eastern Conference. It’s not where they envisioned their season going, but a long list of injuries have kept them behind the pack.

On Monday, the Heat will upgrade Luke Babbitt and James Johnson to questionable. The team will still be without Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow. They just welcomed back Josh Richardson.

Washington is just 2-7 on the road, but Miami is only 2-8 at home. Washington has seen some improvement, winning their last two and going 6-4 in their last ten. Washington has seen some success while playing some small-ball lineups that include Kelly Oubre up front.

This is intriguing for Miami because they would prefer to play small while still utilizing Hassan Whiteside against the weak interior of the Wizards. The Heat played really well in November with a 114-111 win in Washington.

Game Details
Heat @ Wizards: 7:30 PM EST at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
TV: SunSports, NBATV / Radio: 790 the Ticket

Prediction
I really think this is a game the Heat will come out and play better to win. Losing 5 in a row is tough, and I think it’s enough to propel them to get a victory against a team they match up well with. Miami should see a tight victory.