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PreHeat: Atlanta Hawks (27-15) at Miami Heat (30-12)

Quick game notes:
  • Back from a long and weary road trip, tonight's match marks the first home game since two Tuesdays ago, January 4th. Miami will have one more game in the next 8 days allowing for some much needed rest for the hobbled group.
  • For the first time in their short history together, the Miami Three all missed team practice on Monday. James and Wade are expected to play but Bosh is doubtful after experiencing continuous soreness.
  • Veteran Juwan Howard is most likely to replace Bosh in the starting lineup. James at power forward could give the Heat an advantage in transition with a small ball lineup but would be negated by the task of keeping the burly Josh Smith away from the basket and the corresponding risk of picking up unnecessary fouls.
Home Away
Miami Atlanta
Heat Hawks
30-12 Record 27-15
(5th of 30) 110.8 Off Rtg 108.0 (12th of 30)
(3rd of 30) 102.2 Def Rtg 105.0 (12th of 30)
(20th of 30) 91.1 Pace 90.6 (22nd of 30)
Likely Starters
Carlos Arroyo PG Mike Bibby
Dwyane Wade SG Maurice Evans
Lebron James SF Joe Johnson
Juwan Howard PF Josh Smith
Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Al Horford
James Jones 6th Jamaal Crawford
Matchup Series 1-0
American Airlines Arena
7:30 PM EST
NBA TV / Sun Sports / 790 AM
Injury Report:
Heat: U. Haslem (out indefinitely), C. Bosh (doubtful)
Hawks: M. Williams (out indefinitely)