Fixture: Washington Wizards vs Miami Heat
Date & Time: Monday, December 30, 2019, 7:00 PM ET (Tuesday, 12:00 AM)
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington DC
With a win-loss record of 24-8, Miami Heat will be coming into the game placed second in the Eastern Conference. Miami are on a five-game winning streak with the latest win coming in Overtime against Philadelphia 76ers. In the 117-116 win, Miami were led by Jimmy Butler, who missed a triple double by a rebound and an assist. He finished the game with 25 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. He also contributed with two steals. Led by Butler, Miami will be looking to extend their winning streak in the Southeast division game on Monday.
The Wizards will be coming into the game with a two-game losing streak. They will be without Bradley Beal for the second consecutive game. Their previous game saw Bradley Beal miss a game for the first time after playing 194 consecutive games. The Wizards are currently third from bottom in the Eastern Conference and fourth in their division topped by Miami.
Injuries: Bradley Beal (Calf)- Out, Moritz Wagner (Ankle)- Out, Rui Hachimura (Groin)- Out, Davis Bryant (Foot)- Probable, CJ Miles (Wrist)- Out, John Wall (Achillies)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Troy Brown, Jonathan Williams, Ian Mahinmi, Gary Payton II, Isaiah Thomas
Injuries: Justice Winslow (Back)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Meyers Leonard, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson
In the absence of Bradley Beal, the Wizards need to find some inspiration to put up a fight against Miami. Isaiah Thomas came off a suspension and registered 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the last game. He could do well on Sunday, but eventually, the Heat might be too strong for a Wizards side that have been far from consistent this season.
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