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Wizards vs. Heat preview: Washington aims to end losing streak with Miami in town

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 69 percent chance according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 75 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: Kelly Oubre (Questionable, Foot), John Wall (Out, Knee)

Heat: Bam Adebayo (Day-to-Day, Personal), Wayne Ellington (Day-to-Day, Quadriceps), Tyler Johnson (Questionable, Quadriceps), Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle)

What to Watch for

What will Washington do on the glass?

The Wizards are on a three-game losing streak for the first time this season. Losing three straight games to the Warriors, Raptors, and Pacers is nothing to be ashamed of, but it has highlighted some of the team’s biggest issues without John Wall.

Still, there are some bright spots beyond the increased ball movement. For instance, the Wizards have the sixth-best offensive rebounding rate in the league since the All-Star break and the third-best over the last 15 games. Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi have been strong on the glass all season long, and they’ve gotten more help from Otto Porter and Tomas Satoransky in recent weeks.

Their improved offensive rebounding will be put to the test with the Heat in town. Hassan Whiteside has dominated the glass in recent meetings. He’s averaged 17.7 rebounds per game in his last seven games against the Wizards, six of which have been wins for Miami.

The good news for the Wizards is Whiteside’s playing time has gone down in recent weeks thanks to the emergence of rookie Bam Adebayo. While he brings some different tools to the table which are useful for the Heat, he isn’t nearly as much of a force on the glass. Washington will need to take advantage of the minutes in which Whiteside is off the floor if they’re going to have a chance at snapping their losing skid before they hit the road for five of their next six games.

A random moment in Wizards - Heat history: The time the Heat retired Michael Jordan’s number for some reason

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