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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Wizards again, this time with Westbrook playing

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The Heat wrap up a disappointing homestand with their second matchup against the Wizards.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat will try once again to get back to their winning ways as they wrap up a frustrating homestand with another game against the Washington Wizards tonight at 8pm.

This time however, Russell Westbrook will be on the court instead of resting as he did on Wednesday when the Wizards prevailed for the hard-fought 103-100 victory. This is the first time Westbrook faces the Heat this season; he also sat out the Jan. 9 game due to left quad soreness. He will replace Ish Smith, who went scoreless on 0-8 shooting Wednesday but dished out a team-leading six assists, in the starting lineup. The Wizards have won back-to-back games only once this season - just like the Heat.

Miami’s struggles have been well documented on Hot Hot Hoops (earlier this week as well as here and here), and there appears to be little in the way of reinforcements with Avery Bradley now lost to injury for the next few weeks. Tyler Herro (knee) and Goran Dragic (knee) are now being listed as day-to-day, but they will likely play tonight. The rest of the injury report remains the same as it did for the last game.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 73% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS WIZARDS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 AT 8:00 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Meyers Leonard: out for season (shoulder)
  • Avery Bradley: out (knee)
  • Moe Harkless: out (thigh)
  • Chris Silva: out (hip)
  • Goran Dragic: day-to-day (knee)
  • Tyler Herro: day-to-day (knee)
  • Gabe Vincent: day-to-day (knee)

WASHINGTON:

  • Raul Neto: out (groin)
  • Thomas Bryant: out for season (left knee)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Denis Schroder PG Kyle Lowry
Romeo Langford SG Duncan Robinson
Jabari Parker SF Jimmy Butler
Jayson Tatum PF PJ Tucker
Grant Williams C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: FOX SPORTS SUN
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)

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