Heat look to secure season series over Wizards

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The Miami Heat travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST inside Capital One Arena.

The Heat is coming off a historic Friday night performance against the Portland Trail Blazers, securing a 142-82 win–the largest margin-of-victory in franchise history (by 17 points!). The Heat’s 142 points tied for the third-most points scored in a single game and the second-most in regulation.

After a three-game win streak over the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls, the Wizards have lost two straight, most recently to the Detroit Pistons 96-87.

The Wizards downed the Heat in their most recent meeting on March 10, where it used an 11-2 fourth-quarter run to eke out a 110-108 win inside Kaseya Center in Miami, Fla. Miami was victors in its previous two meetings with Washington by seven and eight points, respectively, the former coming in the In-Season Tournament group stage in early November.

After getting Kevin Love–who did not play–back on Friday, it’s expected to get Duncan Robinson back Sunday. Miami will be without Tyler Herro for the  18th straight game–despite practicing again–plus Caleb Martin, who played only nine minutes in Friday’s win.

The Heat have the 17th-best record (21-8) against teams who rank in the bottom-10 in point differential but have won each of their last three such games with an average NET Rating of plus-26.9 (yes, Friday’s game is baked into that). Can they keep the ball rolling? Time will tell….

Injury Report (at the time of this publishing):

Miami Heat:

  • Tyler Herro (foot) — OUT
  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — OUT
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — OUT
  • Duncan Robinson (left facet syndrome) — PROBABLE

Washington Wizards:

  • Bilal Coulibaly (wrist) — OUT
  • Richaun Holmes (toe) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Tyus Jones (back) — OUT
  • Kevin Kuzma (heel) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — OUT
  • Eugene Omoruyi (ankle) — OUT
  • Landry Shamet (calf) — QUESTIONABLE

Projected Starting 5:

Miami Heat:

  • Terry Rozier, G
  • Duncan Robinson, G
  • Jimmy Butler, F
  • Nikola Jovic, F
  • Bam Adebayo, C

Washington Wizards:

  • Jordan Poole, G
  • Corey Kispert, G
  • Deni Avdija, F
  • Kyle Kuzma, F (if active)
  • Marvin Bagley III, C

Betting Lines (at the time of this publishing):

  • Spread: Heat -11
  • O/U: 216

Check out those lines and more at Fanduel Sportsbook!

Broadcast Info:

  • Tipoff: 6:00 p.m. EST
  • TV: Bally Sports Sun
  • Radio: AM 560 Sports WQAM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson)
  • Spanish Radio: WAQI 710 AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda)

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ManilaHeat

Pay back time. These are now spoiler teams trying to scare playoff ones. Will join this party by second half…Go Heat!!

Reality Czech

And as I stated unequivocally (to you know who you are), when Duncan returns, he will see the court before Highsmith. Herro too. But no doubt he’s been playing great lately. We can all be glad about that.
Happy Easter to those who celebrate.

Last edited 12 days ago by Reality Czech
SunManFromDogBone

The 10 man rotation for now…
Rozier, Duncan, Butler, Jovic, Bam
Mills, Jaquez, Highsmith, Love, Bryant

  • Jaquez, Highsmith, and Jovic will need to step up their games while Martin is out.
  • Mills needs to stay in the rotation until Herro returns.
  • Spo needs to give Highsmith and Bryant a chance to prove they can produce on a consistent basis.
  • Competition for playoff rotation spots should be very intense over the next 9 games.
  • It is too early to tell what the play-in/playoff roster will look like.

PLAY-IN/PLAYOFF OFF ROTATION
The sure rotation players are: Bam, Butler, Herro (if healthy), Duncan, Rozier, Martin
The likely rotation players are: Jovic, Jaquez, Love, Highsmith
The potential rotation players are: Mills, Bryant
If Spo goes with an 7-8-9 man play-in/playoff rotation, players not performing up to standard by the end of the season may be left on the bench.

It should be an intense and interesting process, if nothing else.

GO HEAT!!!

SunManFromDogBone

Could outburst of 2 Heat players open up Miami’s offense?
Bam Adebayo and Haywood Highsmith are enjoying the best 3-point shooting stretches of their careers. It could pay dividends for the Miami Heat in the playoffs.

https://allucanheat.com/posts/miami-heat-bam-adebayo-haywood-highsmith-3-pointers-playoffs?utm_campaign=FanSided+Daily&utm_source=FanSided+Daily&utm_medium=email&sc=e0273490fd355e2c28bdb25751d41af65a4dd80936ff00a80be9866c97887955

SunManFromDogBone

Looks like a slam dunk…but looks can be deceiving. It will be interesting to see how Love and Duncan get back into the flow.GO HEAT!!!

Last edited 12 days ago by SunManFromDogBone
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