Washington plays Miami, seeks 4th straight home win

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Miami Heat (11-5, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (10-5, fourth in the Eastern Conference)

Washington; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Washington hosts Miami aiming to extend its three-game home winning streak.

The Wizards are 8-5 in Eastern Conference games. Washington ranks second in the Eastern Conference in rebounding with 46.7 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma paces the Wizards with 9.1 boards.

The Heat are 5-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami averages 110.4 points and has outscored opponents by 8.1 points per game.

The teams square off for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Nov. 19 the Heat won 112-97 led by 32 points from Jimmy Butler, while Bradley Beal scored 30 points for the Wizards.

TOP PERFORMERS: Beal is scoring 23.9 points per game with 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the Wizards. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds over the last 10 games for Washington.

Kyle Lowry is averaging 12.4 points and 7.6 assists for the Heat. Tyler Herro is averaging 21.4 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

LAST 10 GAMES: Wizards: 6-4, averaging 103.2 points, 46.1 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 6.6 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.5 points per game.

Heat: 6-4, averaging 108.2 points, 43.3 rebounds, 24.0 assists, 7.6 steals and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.5 points.

INJURIES: Wizards: Rui Hachimura: out (not with team), Daniel Gafford: day to day (thumb), Davis Bertans: out (ankle), Spencer Dinwiddie: out (rest), Thomas Bryant: out (left knee).

Heat: Victor Oladipo: out (right knee), Markieff Morris: out (neck), Tyler Herro: out (wrist).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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