The Wizards travel to Miami looking to win back-to-back-to-back (queue Drake voice) games in as many nights. Miami is coming off of a win in Atlanta in which they beat the Hawks without Dwayne Wade (knee) and Hassan Whiteside (Suspension).
After taking care of the Pistons last night, the Wizards have an opportunity to take down a divisional foe and a team sitting ahead of them in the standings. A win by the Wizards would give them a 3-1 regular season series record against the Heat.
John Wall has been his usual All-Star self in the past two games. The coaching staff is utilizing Bradley Beal extremely well off the bench during this stretch. And Marcin Gortat continues to stay rock solid. Otto Porter better come ready to play as Luol Deng took a sip from the fountain of youth and scored 30 last night.
When: February 20th @ 7:30 PM EST.
Where: American Airlines Arena
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Alan Anderson and Gary Neal are questionable for the Wizards.
For the Heat, Chris Bosh is out and Dwyane Wade is questionable.
What to Watch
Tired Legs: The Wizards will be playing their third and final game of their post All-Star break back-to-back-to-back. Will the team have enough gas in the tank for the entire game? In back-to-backs, if a team is going to wear down due to fatigue, it usually (but not always) occurs in the second half. Three games in a row is a different story. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wizards found themselves in a hole early. They key here is that the team keeps the game within reach and gives themselves a fighting chance entering the fourth quarter.
Another chance to dig in defensively: Once again, on paper, this is a good matchup for the Wizards to have a strong defensive output and hold a third straight opponent under 100 points. Miami is the second lowest scoring team in the league averaging just 96 points per game.
The Wizards must make it a priority to keep Hassan Whiteside off the offensive glass as the big man averages three offensive rebounds per game. Outside of Whiteside, no one on this team averages more than 1.3 rebounds a game. If the Wizards can limit offensive rebounds and second-chance opportunities for the Heat, that should put them in a position to sneak out of Miami with the W.
Wizards Killer Nominee - Gerald Green
Green is averaging just 9.3 points per game against the Wizards so far this season but when this guy gets hot, watch out. He'll also have some extra motivation as he'll want to show off for his buddy back in Phoenix, Markieff Morris. Just don't let this guy get going.