The Heat are still without Dwyane as he recovers from a hamstring strain, but they've got a difficult slate of games this week after a good win in Boston. Here's our look at the match-ups to watch for and some fantasy advice.
Miami @ Detroit
DETAILS: Tuesday, 7:30 PM EST; NBATV
The Pistons just lost Brandon Jennings to an injury which is a huge blow for their season. Jennings had been trouble for the Heat in the past. What will be trouble for Miami in this one is that the Pistons are the second best rebounding team in the NBA, where Miami ranks last. The Pistons will host Houston on Saturday and then have Sunday and Monday off before playing the Heat.
Miami will have to defend Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, the bulk of Detroit. This will be a great test for Chris Andersen, Hassan Whiteside and even Chris Bosh. If the Heat can keep the Pistons from getting easy second chance points, then they will be able to compete, even without Wade.
FanDuel Advice: Greg Monroe probably going to be a good play in this game because the Pistons have two power players. Whiteside or Andersen can take one, but Bosh will have to take the other. It should be a good rebound game for Monroe.
Miami @ Minnesota
DETAILS: Wednesday, 8:00 PM EST
Here the Heat are going to get a chance at one of the youngest teams in the league. However, the Wolves are one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Wolves will have an extra day of rest compared to the Heat who will be on the back side of a back-to-back.
Kevin Martin will be a concern of the Heat, but he won't be their focus. The key match-up will again come in the post. Will Miami be able to move Nikola Pekovic? He's a big body who gets rebounds and has hurt Miami before. Even more than that...will Gorgui Dieng contain to have his way. The young center is playing well. The Heat will also hope to contain Andrew Wiggins who is getting better and better as the season goes on.
FanDuel Advice: I like Chris Bosh in this match-up. Neither of those two players will want to leave the paint on Bosh and he should be able to space the floor well. If he's on, it could be a big night for him.
Miami @ San Antonio
DETAILS: Friday, 9:30 PM EST, ESPN
Bad memories. I don't like visiting the Spurs. Yet, the Heat will have their first regular season visit to the place that ended their title hopes last year, although it will look plenty different from Miami's end. The Spurs are playing fine and have struggled of late. They are not playing to the level of what they did last postseason. Without Wade, this will be an extremely difficult win to get.
You've heard this before, but the Heat have to contain the ball movement...and hope Gregg Popovich sits some players. Miami can win this game with the right mindset, but it will take extra efforts from Shabazz Napier, Norris Cole, James Ennis among others. It has to be a team game. Manu Ginobili will be the toughest task for the Heat outside of Tony Parker.
FanDuel Advice: Likely a low scoring game for the Heat, so it's hard to want to take any single player and assure he's going to have a good night. Likewise, you don't know who the Spurs will play, but Tony Parker would probably be a good play is he goes.
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