The Miami Heat return home after a 2-3 road trip and two days off to host the 14-33 Sacramento Kings. Miami, at 27-20 is sitting 4th in the East, but only a few games away from the bottom of the playoff race, so every game is important.
The Kings are a young team figuring out how to play in the NBA. They are coming off a win in Orlando on Tuesday. Although the Heat are heavy favorites, they have struggled with subpar teams and do not boast a great home record. Nothing can be taken for granted.
When: Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 84% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Sacramento: De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Vince Carter, Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein
Miami: Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones Jr., Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside
Kings: George Hill, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg Fracture), Okaro White (Out, Foot), Dion Waiters (Out, ankle surgery), Tyler Johnson (questionable, ankle)
What To Watch For
Can the Heat start fast?
This is a classic example of a game the Heat should win but could struggle. Returning from a longer road trip, the first game back home can be hard. And the kings are a young team who likes to run, especially De’Arron Fox. So if Miami doesn’t have it’s legs or energy, they could find themselves in a hole.
The Heat need to either get off to a good start or at least keep pace with the Kings until they can take over the game.
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