NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 8th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (49-26) at Washington Wizards (39-36), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat attempt to get back on the winning track tonight, as they visit the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
Miami is the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race and has a 2 1/2 game lead over No. 3 New Jersey, while Washington is No. 5.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the squads. Miami was victorious in the three previous contests and has won 11 in a row in this series.
Miami has won five straight after losing its last two at Washington.
The last time Washington defeated the Heat was at Miami on April 11, 2003.
On Thursday, Rasheed Wallace returned from his one-game suspension to score 20 points and Tayshaun Prince also netted 20 as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Heat, 95-82, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the loss to the Pistons for Miami, which has lost three of its last four games overall. Shaquille O'Neal ended with 28 points and seven boards in defeat.
The Heat are a respectable 20-18 as the visitor this season. They have dropped two straight on the road.
Washington attempts to get back on the winning track this evening. On Friday, Josh Smith finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Wizards, 114-101, at Philips Arena.
Despite hurting his back at the end of the first quarter during Friday's loss, All-Star Gilbert Arenas ended with a game-high 41 points and also dished out seven assists and Antawn Jamison contributed 24 points and seven rebounds for the Wizards, who played without Caron Butler (sprained thumb) and Antonio Daniels (sprained wrist).
Brendan Haywood registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to the Hawks for Washington, which had a two-game winning streak halted.
The Wizards are 25-13 at home this season. After tonight's game, Washington hits the road for a three-game road trip against Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Chicago.
04/08 10:37:26 ET