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Fresh off back-to-back close wins, the Heat go for their second win of the season against the Wizards.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (24-8) are coming off two intense one-point victories on back-to-back nights for the first time in franchise history and now turn their attention to the lowly Washington Wizards (9-22) tonight at the Capital One Arena.

Miami beat Washington 112-103 in their first matchup this season on December 6, led by Jimmy Butler’s triple-double of 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and has now won 11 of their last 14 games against their division rivals. The Heat also currently own a league-best five-game win streak.

Justise Winslow (back) remains inactive for the Heat tonight. The Wizards are not currently listing Bradley Beal (right knee soreness) in the expected starting lineup, but he has not been officially ruled out yet and is questionable. The team not only had Beal out in their loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday but were also without rookie first-round pick Rui Hachimura (groin), C.J. Miles (wrist), Davis Bertans (quad), Thomas Bryant (foot), and Moritz Wagner (ankle).

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with a 65% chance to win this game.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

  • Jimmy Butler
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Kendrick Nunn

Wizards:

  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Gary Payton II
  • Troy Brown Jr.
  • Johnathon Williams
  • Ian Mahinmi

Broadcast Info:

Game time: 7:00pm

TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson)

Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)

Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)