John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and the Miami Heat on Saturday night as they compete for playoff position in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
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...
Morris, Porter are questionable
The Wizards are a bit banged up heading into Saturday night's matchup against the Heat, as both Markieff Morris and Otto Porter are considered questionable. Morris is dealing with a sore right ankle and Porter has back spasms, as CSN reported.
Both injuries are minor, so they both could play. But having two starters limited in any way against a good Heat team is not ideal. The Wizards are intent on getting to the 50-win mark and they need to win two out of their last three to get there.
The Wizards again find themselves trying to gain ground on the Toronto Raptors, who beat the Heat on Friday night to take a half-game lead on the Wizards in third in the East. Given they also hold the tiebreaker by way of their head-to-head series, that is a decent lead with so few games to go. The Raptors only have two games remaining on their schedule and if they win both, the Wizards will be locked into fourth.
The Raptors are off on Saturday, but the Celtics do against the Hornets. Boston has lost two straight. They still have a two-game lead on the Wizards, but if they keep slipping it could get interesting. They are only 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors.
Stop Dragic off the dribble
A big point of emphasis for the Wizards will be stopping Goran Dragic from getting to the hoop, as he has enjoyed plenty of success doing that against them this season in the Heat's two wins over Washington. Only Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Schroeder average more drives to the hoop per game than Dragic, who is just ahead of John Wall on the list. Dragic is also second in the NBA in assists per game on drives.
Getting to the basket is a big reason why Dragic is averaging 28 points against the Wizards this season through two matchups, tied for his most against any team. He's also shooting 56.8 percent in those games. The Wizards have to find a way to limit him.
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