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Game Preview: Heat return home to face Bucks

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The Miami Heat went 2-4 on their 6-game road trip. Now they are home for one game against the Bucks before 5 more on the road.

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It's been a while but the Heat are finally home. It will be for only one game before they leave again for an East trip, but they will welcome it after the rough 6-game trip they just had. Now, the Milwaukee Bucks with an extra day of rest will challenge them.

Milwaukee Bucks (18-25) @ Miami Heat (23-18)
7:30 PM EST @ AmericanAirlines Arena
TV: Fox Sports Heat, NBALP / Radio: 790 the Ticket

Probable Starters
Michael Carter-Williams PG Tyler Johnson
Khris Middleton SG Dwyane Wade
Giannis Antetokounmpo SF Luol Deng
Jabari Parker PF Chris Bosh
Greg Monroe C Hassan Whiteside

Milwaukee -- O.J. Mayo (hamstring), doubtful
Miami -- Goran Dragic (calf strain), OUT; Dwyane Wade (shoulder), probable; Chris Andersen (knee), OUT, Josh McRoberts (knee), OUT, Beno Udrih (neck), questionable; Gerald Green (knee), questionable.

The Miami Heat have a chance to put things back in place when they host the Bucks. They won't see their home court again until January 31, so they better make it count. And the Bucks have always been a team that give the Heat trouble.

Miami has to be able to get out to a good start and continue their efforts in the second half. Too often, we have seen a good first half turn into a blowout -- most recently agains the Clippers and the Thunder. The Heat can't afford that. They will likely be severely short-handed again with multiple injuries listed above, most notably Goran Dragic.

Without Dragic, both Wade and Bosh need to be productive and the catalyst to the offense. The Bucks will get a group effort from their team, that's the way they do things. From the inside, Greg Monroe could be a problem if Hassan Whiteside gets into foul trouble. From the wing, Giannis will create problems for the Heat, they have no one with athelticism and length to bother him, that will be a team effort.

However, Dwyane Wade should have a great skill advantage against anyone he faces. It should be a good game, and we encourage you to watch it!

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