HHH GameTime Preview: Heat (26-8) go for 5th straight victory against Pelicans (15-17)

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New Orleans has had little luck against Miami lately and they will be without their best player Ryan Anderson tonight.

The Miami Heat has won four in a row against the New Orleans Pelicans heading into Tuesday night's clash at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

This will be just the Heat's third home game in the last eight games and they must travel to New York to face the Knicks and Nets as part of a six game road trip. This is also the Heat's fourth game in six nights and fatigue could be a factor, as will be Dwyane Wade and his knees after playing back-to-back games against the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors. The defending champions will be gunning for their 11th win in their last 13 games.

Mario Chalmers was not able to play in the second half against the Raptors because of right Achilles tendinitis but he is still expected to play tonight. Shane Battier will also likely play as he recovers from a strained left quad.

For the Pelicans, who are 6-12 on the road this season and losers of 7 of their last 11 games overall, they will be without leading scorer Ryan Anderson who is suffering from a cervical stinger he suffered in a collision with Gerald Wallace against the Boston Celtics.

Former #1 overall pick Anthony Davis is averaging an impressive 19 points, 10.1 rebounds and an impressive 3.2 blocks per game. He's shooting 63.6 percent from the field in his last five games but has only shoot 48 percent when the Pelicans have lost this season.

For more on the opponent, check out SB Nation's The Bird Writes and make sure to read our earlier Five Questions post with them.

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