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HHH GameTime Preview: Heat visit Pelicans in quick rematch

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Miami struggled at home against New Orleans but will seek their third win in a row on the road, this time with Michael Beasley on the bench.

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So it seems like Norris Cole has been nothing like Norris Cole for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cole will face his former team, the Miami Heat for the second time in a week tonight.

New Orleans (30-27) have won every game since Cole joined the lineup. The infusion of offense has been needed since All-Star Anthony Davis has been sidelined by injuries.

New Orleans will also be missing forward Ryan Anderson, who was also hurt in the first quarter during Saturday's game against the Heat. Davis is expected to miss up to two weeks and Anderson is expected to be out up to a month.

For the Heat, they plan to get that type of offense from newly acquired Michael Beasley, signed just yesterday to the roster to replace the offense from a sidelined Chris Bosh (out for the season.) The Heat came back from a 7 point deficit with seconds left and rallied from an eight-point deficit with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter to win 93-90 in overtime at Orlando on Wednesday.

Henry Walker has been the latest reclamation hero for Miami, while Luol Deng continues to be great for the team, finishing again with atleast 20 points. The Heat are 9-0 when he scores at least 20. Deng has been the one who has benefited the most from Goran Dragic being brought on.

I expect Dragic to have a better game than the last time he played the Pelicans and Beasley to be able to score easy due to the familiarity of the offense. With the Pelicans being so thin on the front court, it should be a game where Hassan Whiteside has a breakout even bigger than before.

Heat starters:

Goran Dragic

Dwyane Wade

Luol Deng

Udonis Haslem

Hassan Whiteside

Pelicans starters:

Tyreke Evans

Eric Gordon

Quincy Pondexter

Alexis Ajinca

Omer Asik

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