[7:40 PM] Wizards @ Heat

Who will WIN this matchup?

Washington Wizards (9-13)

@ Miami Heat (7-17)


Miami got a close up with two of their former stars on the just-completed road trip, which wrapped up with a 114-84 loss at James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday and a 105-100 setback at Wade and the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. The Heat kick off a six-game homestand against the Wizards and hope to get a few of the injured players back during that span, with shooting guard Dion Waiters (groin) and forward James Johnson (shoulder) among the possible returnees.

The Wizards are trying to climb out of the hole they dug themselves in the first month and won three of the last four games. Star point guard John Wall keyed an 11-0 run late in Saturday’s game that helped lift Washington to a 110-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Wall poured in 52 points in a loss to Orlando on Tuesday but settled for more modest point totals in back-to-back wins over Denver (15 points) and Milwaukee (24). The former No. 1 overall pick handed out 11 assists on Saturday to record his seventh double-double in the last 10 games, and Washington is 6-4 in that span. Shooting guard Bradley Beal continues to play well alongside Wall and scored 20 points on Saturday to reach that plateau for the eighth time in the last 11 contests.

Miami point guard Goran Dragic and center Hassan Whiteside are the only consistent producers in the lineup and they are dealing with defenses game planning to stop them specifically. Whiteside is banged up along with most of the team and was benched down the stretch on Friday but came back on Saturday and delivered 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while dealing with foul trouble. Dragic finished with 21 points and 11 assists in the loss and is averaging 21.8 points in six games this month.

Heat reserve SG Tyler Johnson is averaging 16.8 points in the last four games.


StreakSmarts Pick: Washington Wizards

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick