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|Miami Heat (5-3) @ Atlanta Hawks (4-3)|
|Where: Philipps Arena, Atlanta, GA|
|When: Friday, Nov 17 @ 7:30 PM EST|
|TV/Radio: SunSports / 790 the Ticket|
|Norris Cole||PG||Jeff Teague|
|Mario Chalmers||SG||Thabo Sefolosha|
|Luol Deng||SF||Kyle Korver|
|Shawne Williams||PF||Paul Millsap|
|Chris Bosh||C||Al Horford|
The Miami Heat are looking to bounce back from their worst game of the season after Wednesday's 81-75 loss at home to the Indiana Pacers. On Friday night, the Heat will visit the Atlanta Hawks who are 4-3 and have won three straight games.
The Heat were out-rebounded by 25 to the Pacers in their most disappointing loss in the early season. Now, they'll have to go up against two rebounding specialists, Al Horford and Paul Millsap -- both of whom have given the Heat plenty of trouble in the past. Bosh will have to do much better than his last outing. Earlier in the preseason, the Heat lost to the Hawks 109-103 in their fourth consecutive loss before winning four straight to end the preseason.
Atlanta, as a team, is not a superb rebounding team. So far this season, they rank 24th overall in rebounding, so maybe the Heat will have better success competing on the glass against the Hawks.The Hawks are a top 3 team in sharing the ball, averaging 23.9 assists per game so far this season. That category is led by the point guard Jeff Teague, who averages 7.9 APG.
Teague had a short coming out party in the playoffs last year against the Pacers, though they still lost the series. Teague is becoming one of the more difficult players to guard at the point in the NBA. Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier will have their hands full guarding him. This is also one of those games where Dwyane Wade can't afford to fall asleep guarding Kyle Korver.
The Heat will need to sustain a much better effort on the glass, from the free throw line, and a more efficient offense than they did a few days ago. Miami offered a complete game on Sunday night in Dallas against the Mavericks, a dud against the Pacers, so who knows what we will see Friday in Atlanta.
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