The Miami Heat will begin a stretch of 6 out of 8 on the road here in San Antonio against the 16-8 Spurs. Even without Kawhi Leonard playing one game so far this season, the Spurs are near the top of the West and hanging tight as an elite team. Already with a win in Miami earlier this season, the Spurs have an extra advantage in this one.
And that will be the absence of Hassan Whiteside. The Spurs boast a big lineup that includes Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge up front. And they will certainly go down low to initiate their offense.
The Heat, 11-12, need to figure out their inconsistent play. But the opponent will not be easy. If Miami is going to win this game, they will have to earn every bit of it.
When: Wednesday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 20% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.
San Antonio: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol
Miami: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo
Spurs: Kawhi Leonard (Out)
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg Fracture), Okaro White (Out, Foot), Hassan Whiteside (Out, Knee)
What To Watch For
Will the Heat make the adjustments against the Spurs?
I don’t think Justise Winslow on LaMarcus Aldridge is going to go very well for the Heat. Winslow has played well when over-matched this season, but Aldridge lives on playing against smaller defenders. The Heat will need to take a team approach against him and hope the Spurs aren’t hot from the outside.
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