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Game Preview: Heat host Knicks before 6-game road trip

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This will be the last time the Heat play at home for two weeks. They'll be hosting the Knicks.

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It's going to be hard to top what the Miami Heat pulled off at the AAA just two nights ago as they came back against the Indiana Pacers for a win in overtime. Trailing by as many as 18, Dwyane Wade led a surge that gave them a good victory. Now, they'll host the Knicks looking to position themselves well in the East before heading off to a 6-game west road trip starting Friday in Phoenix.

New York Knicks (17-19) @ Miami Heat (21-13)
7:00 PM EST
TV: ESPN, Fox Sports Heat; Radio: 790 the Ticket

Injury Report
Miami -- Hassan Whiteside (sore knee), doubtful; Josh McRoberts (knee), doubtful // Josh Richardson, Jarnell Stokes (NBADL) OUT
New York -- Lou Amundson (knee), OUT, Cleanthony Early (knee) OUT

Probable Starters
Jose Calderon PG Goran Dragic
Arron Afflalo SG Dwyane Wade
Carmelo Anthony SF Luol Deng
Kristaps Porzingis PF Chris Bosh
Robin Lopez C Chris Andersen

If the Miami Heat are without Hassan Whiteside, they'll need to find a new combination or flow as they work to replace him. Chris Andersen was a -24 in the last game, and the Heat had to overcome that to get a hard earned win. The Knicks are playing much better lately, winning 3 of their last 4, including 2 straight over the Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis will be the scouting report for the Heat. They'll need Luol Deng and Justise Winslow to come up big, just a night away from a matchup with Paul George. But Arron Afflalo has quietly been playing very well also. He leads the team in FG% and may cause problems for the Heat.

The Heat have already beaten the Knicks twice this season, and hope to make it a third.

Knicks rookie Porzingis has had two good games against the Heat already. The Knicks will be on a back-to-back as they played in Atlanta on Tuesday night and won. The Heat will need strong bench play from Tyler Johnson and Gerald Green to comfortably handle the Knicks.

The Knicks are a low-assist and low-scoring team. These fit great into what the Heat are trying to do defensively. Teams that don't pass above average and move the ball will either struggle against them or have to hit tough shots. We know Carmelo is capable of that if he is hot, but can the rest?

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