The Washington Wizards (3-8) look for their second straight win on Saturday night against the Miami Heat. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. MIAMI HEAT
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Points may be hard to come by
The Wizards are going to see a Heat team that so far this season has held opponents to an NBA-best 95.3 points per game. Their opponents shoot a league-low 41.5 percent from the field and they give up the fewest three-pointers, just 6.9 per game. Their defensive rating is third-best in the NBA.
But there's a reason why the Heat are just 3-8 on the season and that is because their offense is among the worst in basketball. Their offensive rating is 27th out of 30 NBA teams and they score just 94.5 points per contest, second-fewest in the league. The Heat like to keep their games in 90s. If the Wizards can go of for 100 or more, it's their game to lose.
Limit Whiteside as much as possible
The Heat were able to retain big man Hassan Whiteside this summer and so far this season it looks like he's taken another leap in his development. He leads Miami with 17.6 points per game and tops all of basketball with 16 rebounds per contest. His 2.73 blocks per game rank second in the NBA.
Whiteside is a force to be reckoned with and it won't be easy down low for Marcin Gortat, in particular. Gortat, though, is no slouch himself on the boards. The Wizards center is fifth in the NBA with 12.2 rebounds per game.
Winslow is out
The Heat are a little banged up with swingman Justise Winslow out for Saturday night's game with a sprained left wrist. The former 10th overall pick is averaging 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season in a team-high 35.9 minutes. With Winslow out, the Heat will likely give more playing time to James Johnson and Josh Richardson.