Game Preview: Wizards vs. Heat


December 4, 2012 | 7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM | Gameday Blog | Game Notes | Live Chat

Preview

The Wizards will look to pick up their second straight home win tonight when they welcome the defending champion Miami Heat to Verizon Center (7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM).

Dating back to last year, the Wizards have won two straight against the Heat, beating them once at home and once on the road in the final month of the season.

However, they will see a fully loaded Heat team tonight, including two new additions, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. These two sharpshooters are both shooting 50% or higher from three-point range and will be two of the x-factors in tonight's game.

One of the reasons they shoot such a high percentage is the fact that the Heat possess two of the game's most dynamic players in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. These two attract so much attention, it allows the floor to open up for shooters like Allen and Lewis.

The Heat are a team that loves to run, so the Wizards will need to try and slow the game down and limit turnovers to prevent the Heat from getting out on the break.

The action kicks off at 7pm.

Wizards (1-13)

vs.

Heat (12-3)

89.4
PPG
104.6
43.1
RPG
39.1
19.8
APG
23.1
.403
FG%
.495
.448
OPP FG%
.442
.302
3PT FG%
.425
.749
FT%
.761
16.2
TO
13.9
8-2
Last 10
6-4

Key Matchup

Bradley Beal

vs.

Dwyane Wade

11.0
PPG
19.5
3.3
RPG
4.1
1.7
APG
4.9
.396
FG %
.489

Bradley Beal could have his toughest test yet, as he will be asked to guard both Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen for parts of tonight's game. Beal has drawn some comparisons to both of these stars and tonight will be his first chance to go head-to-head with them in a regular-season bout.

This should be a fast-paced game with a lot of transition play, so look for Beal to find some open looks when the Wizards are running and keeping pace with the high tempo play of the Heat.

Wade continues to be one of the league's best players who can score in a variety of ways. He is at his best when he gets into the lane and scores near the rim, which means Beal will need to put up a strong defensive effort to keep Wade from being able to slash.

In the below clip, Bradley Beal talks about playing against the Heat and going up against Wade and Allen.

In this clip, Beal does his first interview at the NBATV Studios in Atlanta, GA.

Heat Projected Starters


G - Mario Chalmers | 6-2 | 190 lbs
PPG: 6.8 | RPG: 2.8 | APG: 4.3


G- Dwyane Wade | 6-4 | 220 lbs
PPG: 19.5 | RPG: 4.1 | APG: 4.9


F- LeBron James | 6-8 | 250 lbs
PPG: 24.7 | RPG: 8.9 | APG: 6.5


F- Rashard Lewis | 6-10 | 235 lbs
PPG: 6.5 | RPG: 2.0 | APG: 0.5


C- Chris Bosh | 6-11 | 235 lbs
PPG: 19.3 | RPG: 7.9 | APG: 1.3

Wizards Projected Starters


G - A.J. Price | 6-2 | 185 lbs
PPG: 8.9 | RPG: 3.2 | APG: 5.2


G- Bradley Beal | 6-5 | 207 lbs
PPG: 11.0 | RPG: 3.3 | APG: 1.7


F- Trevor Ariza | 6-8 | 220 lbs
PPG: 8.4 | RPG: 5.1 | APG: 1.9


F- Kevin Seraphin | 6-10 | 278 lbs
PPG: 11.5 | RPG: 5.5 | APG: 1.2


C- Emeka Okafor | 6-10 | 250 lbs
PPG: 7.2| RPG: 5.9 | APG: 0.9

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)
  • Trevor Booker (knee)

Heat Injury
Report

TBD

  • Shane Battier (knee)
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