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This week in Heat basketball

The Miami Heat have 3 games this week with two of them in Miami. Check out our weekly look ahead with some regular NBA FanDuel advice.

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It's time for our Monday look at what the Miami Heat have planned ahead for them this week. The Heat have three games, all against teams looking to make a playoff push. Each of these games are very important to the Heat trying to secure a playoff spot.

So take a look at some key match-ups, and some FanDuel Fantasy Basketball advice.

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Boston @ Miami

DETAILS: Monday, 7:30 PM EST

The Celtics are just a few short games behind the Heat and other trying to get into the playoffs, so this is no pushover. Boston has had a resurgence, and is looking to sneak into the playoffs. The Heat have won 3 of 4 and need to keep the ball rolling at home.

The Celtics have been pleased with the addition of Isaiah Thomas at point guard. He's averaging over 21 PPG since joining the Celtics on the trade deadline. The key matchup in this game will be at point guard. Can Miami stop Thomas from hurting them, and will Goran Dragic play for the Heat?

Your key play for FanDuel will be Hassan Whiteside. Boston has no one with length to contend with him, and if he goes he should be well rested after missing the last game resting his ankle.

Brooklyn @ Miami

DETAILS: Wednesday, 7:30 PM EST

The Nets are another team right behind Miami for the playoffs. The Heat have had great success against the Nets so far this season, but this will be a different looking Heat team that the Nets have seen. No Bosh, and Dragic running the point. The Heat can't allow a game against the Nets to get away.

You will want to keep your eyes on the matchup between Whiteside and Brook Lopez. Lopez is skilled and smart enough to cause Whiteside some problems, and probably get him into foul trouble. With a power rotation of only him, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen, the Heat need Whiteside on the floor.

I think a key FanDuel play for this game will be Dwyane Wade. He plays well against the Nets and I think he will come through with a solid game. This will likely be a lower scoring game so don't grab too many players from this one game.

Miami @ Toronto

DETAILS: Friday, 7:30 PM EST

This will be a really tough game for the Heat. The Raptors are a good team at home and they are battling the Chicago Bulls hoping to get the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. This is a possible playoff preview for the Heat if Toronto ends up at #2 and the Heat climb to #7, all very possible.

Kyle Lowry will be the biggest headache for the Heat, but we should be curious to see how the length of Dragic on him changes how he plays against the Heat. Lowry has had an All-Star season and deserves to be at the top of the Heat's scouting report.

Your key FanDuel play for this game will be Goran Dragic. There's no defensive stoppers at point guard for the Raptors, and Dragic knows when the push it into the defense. I can see him having a very productive game.

Remember, all advice in this article is from me and not FanDuel.

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