NBA schedule 2012: Wizards major underdogs vs. Heat

Bruce Bennett

The Washington Wizards will face an extremely tough test Tuesday night as they take on the Miami Heat in a game that common sense indicates will be lopsided.

The Washington Wizards will have their hands more than full when they take on the Miami Heat Tuesday night in a matchup of the league's worst team and the team that was its best last season.

It's hard to imagine any scenario where the Wizards play the Heat and walk away with a win. The Wizards, of course, are 1-13, and had to fight for that one win over the Portland Trail Blazers until the final buzzer. The Heat won last year's NBA Championship convincingly over the Oklahoma City Thunder and have run off six straight, as they currently hold the Eastern Conference's best record. True, they've had some close calls - they barely beat a San Antonio Spurs team resting four of their starters, and they needed a miraculous 9-0 run in the game's final two minutes to beat LeBron James' old team, the 4-13 Cleveland Cavaliers - but they're one of the league's best teams, if not the best. Stranger things have happened in the NBA, but not many. The Heat have the No. 2 offensive efficiency in the league, scoring 110.3 points per 100 possessions, while the Wizards are dead last with only 91.9 points.

Here's a look at the Wizards' upcoming schedule, as well as this week's national games.

Monday, December 3

Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Hornets, 8 p.m., NBATV

Tuesday, December 4

Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat, 7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet-Mid Atlantic

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m., NBATV

Wednesday, December 5

Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks, 8 p.m., ESPN

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, December 6

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat, 8 p.m., TNT

Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, 10:30 p.m., TNT

For more on Tuesday's game against Miami, check out the "Fast Break" video preview with Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor courtesy of Monumental Sports and Entertainment.

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