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GAME PREVIEW: Heat close out season series with Wizards on the road

The No. 1 team in the East looks to increase their lead atop the standings against a Beal-less Wizards team.

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


The Miami Heat (34-20) visit the Washington Wizards (24-28) tonight at the Capital One Arena at 7:00pm in their fourth and final matchup this season.

Miami leads the season series between the two division rivals 2-1 with the Heat winners of the last matchup 119-112 on Dec. 29. Tyler Herro scored 32 points to lead his team to victory that night. Miami also claimed the first game of the series 112-97 on Nov. 18 with Jimmy Butler scoring 32 points while Washington won 103-100 two days later to split the home-and-home series.

While the Heat’s injury list remains largely the same with Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker and Caleb Martin continuing to be listed as day-to-day/questionable even though they played in their last game, Tyler Herro is listed as questionable with right knee soreness. The Wizards’ list is short but includes their best player Bradley Beal (wrist) listed as out, as well as center Daniel Gafford, who has recently been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and is unavailable for tonight.

Washington has lost seven of their last eight games while Miami has rebounded from a three-game losing streak to win consecutive games.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 66% chance to win the game.




  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Tyler Herro: questionable (right knee soreness)
  • Max Strus: questionable (quad)
  • KZ Okpala: out (wrist)
  • Markieff Morris: out (conditioning)
  • Caleb Martin: day to day/questionable (left achilles soreness)
  • Jimmy Butler: day to day/questionable (left big toe irritation)
  • PJ Tucker: day to day (left knee irritation)
  • Chris Silva: ineligible


  • Bradley Beal: out (wrist)
  • Daniel Gafford: out (health and safety protocols)


Projected Starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Marcus Smart PG Kyle Lowry
Jaylen Brown SG Max Strus
Jayson Tatum SF Jimmy Butler
Al Horford PF PJ Tucker
Robert Williams III C Bam Adebayo


TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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