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Game Preview: Heat finally go on the road, visit Pistons

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The Miami Heat are back in action and for the first time in a while will be on the road, this time in Detroit. Here's the preview.

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Miami Heat basketball is back in action on Wednesday night as the visit the Detroit Pistons. We've got all the details you need to know about the game right here!

Details
Miami Heat (9-4) @ Detroit Pistons (7-7)
7:30 PM EST @ the Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Heat, NBALP / Radio: 790 AM the Ticket

PROBABLE STARTERS

Goran Dragic PG Reggie Jackson
Dwyane Wade SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Luol Deng SF Marcus Morris
Chris Bosh PF Ersan Ilyasova
Hassan Whiteside C Andre Drummond


Injury Report
Miami -- Luol Deng (hamstring), questionable; Hassan Whiteside (illness), probable; Amare Stoudemire (illness); questionable
Detroit -- None

GAME PREVIEW
The Detroit Pistons are coming off a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Heat are coming off a 7 game home stand in which they won 6 of them. The Pistons are very similar to the Heat, they don't score a bunch (27th) and they don't give up many points (7th). They are last in the NBA in assists, but 3rd in rebounding.

The man in the middle will be a problem. Andre Drummond is averaging 18.1 PPG and 17.6 RPG. Yea...those are some numbers for Hassan Whiteside to shoot for, considering his goal was to lead the league in rebounds. Whiteside will be matched up against Drummond and will have his hands full. Because of the physical nature of the Pistons, don't be surprised to see the Heat play an extra big, either Udonis Haslem or Chris Andersen.

Reggie Jackson leads the Pistons in scoring at 19.4 PPG. Goran Dragic will again have another battle of containing an explosive point guard who can get to the basket. Chris Bosh will also have to make a concentrated effort to rebound, and he is capable when he puts his mind to it.

Some additional intrigue comes from two rookies - Justise Winslow and Stanley Johnson, picked two selections apart. The Heat were really high on Stanley Johnson, but they never had the chance to draft him as Detroit took him at #8. The Heat never even thought they would have the chance to draft Winslow and didn't bring him in for a workout. The Pistons did bring Winslow in and they weren't impressed Both Winslow and Johnson are playing very well in reserve roles.

Expect a grind, and hope the Heat don't get rocked early. If they play a steady game, they will have a great chance to win.

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