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HHH GameTime Preview: Heat visit Denver on second night of back-to-back set

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The Heat look to follow up a good effort on the road against the Phoenix Suns with a win in the Mile High City.

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Tonight at 10:30 PM, the Denver Nuggets (9-12) will host the Miami Heat (10-11) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.

This will be the first of two games this season between the two, with the rematch at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on March 20th. The Heat are playing in the fourth of five consecutive road games. They lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 109-85 on Friday and the Memphis Grizzlies, 103-87 on Sunday before defeating the Phoenix Suns last night.

The Nuggets just closed up a three-game road trip. They lost all three, 119-89 to the Washington Wizards on Friday, 96-84 to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, and 112-107 in overtime to the Toronto Raptors on Monday. They'll travel to Houston to play the Rockets on Saturday.

The last time Miami played Denver was on March 14th last season. The 44-19 Heat dropped a 111-107 decision to the 29-36 Nuggets behind 24 points and 10 rebounds from Kenneth "Manimal" Faried. Darrell Arthur scored 18 with four steals off the bench, Evan Fournier had 14 with six boards, also off the bench, Ty Lawson had 13 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals, and JJ Hickson scored 11 with nine rebounds and three assists.

For Miami, Ray Allen led the Heat with 22 points off the bench, while LeBron James added 21 with six boards and six dimes. Dwyane Wade had 19 points, six assists, and five rebounds, and Mario Chamers had 16 along with six helpers and four rebounds. * Box Score * Full Recap

It's a tough stretch. We haven't been in a stretch like this since probably the 2010-11 season. We lost five in a row. When we were in that stretch, we had to figure it out. It's the same thing with this. Something is off with this team. We as a unit got to figure out what's off. - Wade of March, 2014, sounding exactly like the Wade of December 2014.

Projected Heat starters:
  • Norris Cole
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Luol Deng
  • Josh McRoberts
  • Chris Bosh
Projected Nuggets starters:
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Ty Lawson
  • Wilson Chandler
  • J.J. Hickson
  • Timofey Mozgov
Tipoff/broadcast info:

10:30 p.m.

TV - ESPN, Sun Sports

Radio - 790 AM The Ticket, WAQI 710 AM (spanish)

Make sure to join us for our GameThread tonight to follow along the action alongside fellow Heat fans!