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GAME PREVIEW: Heat aim to even season series against the visiting Wizards

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Miami seeks to gain ground on the Wizards in their last meeting this season.

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Miami Heat (35-31) host the visiting Washington Wizards (38-28) in their last match-up this season needing to reduce the 3 games in the loss column gap between them.

Game Information

When: Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP

Radio: WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Win probability: ESPN predictor has Miami as 5-point favorites with a 56% chance to win.

Probable Starters

HEAT: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside

WIZARDS: Tomas Satoransky, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat

Injury Report

HEAT: Dion Waiters (out, ankle)

WIZARDS: John Wall (knee, ankle)

Scouting Report

Heat face a must-win game against the Wizards, because losing would put them 4 games behind in the loss column, with only 15 games left in the regular season.

Last season Miami swept all 4 games versus Washington due to dominant performances in the paint against the smaller and weaker Wizards front court.

Miami Heat big man Hassan Whiteside scores 30 points (12-19 FG) with 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks to catalyze the 106-103 win vs. the Washington Wizards.

Miami faces the Wizards on the second night of a back-to-back, and ESPN writes Bradley Beal notched only 16 points in the win against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Perhaps that means Beal’s shooting stroke will be well rested for the Heat, a team he burned for 30 points in 43 minutes on Tuesday. Beal made 12-of-16 shots from the floor in that game, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range. He also had seven assists and six rebounds.

In earlier games this season the Wizards had two no-shows on offense.

Seems smaller, quicker defenders bother Beal, because he needs separation to plant his feet for his deadly jump shot, and surprisingly the pesky 6’0” Ferrell disturbed Beal’s timing.

From nba-draft dot net:

He is one of the best shooters in the class, with tremendous range extending further than the NBA 3-point line. He isn’t much of a shot creator with the ball in his hands, but instead, has perfected the ability to play off the ball by using screens and changing speeds to create space and get his shot off. He has textbook form on his jumper and a quick release.

Wizards rely on Gortat’s superb screen-assists, and this is what happens when Beal doesn’t come off a screen, i.e. don’t let Washington’s screeners get in position.