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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host MVP candidate Harden and Rockets

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The Heat hope to avoid a 5th straight loss when they host the Houston Rockets.

Miami Heat v Houston Rockets Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Miami Heat have their work cut out for them. After losing three consecutive games on the road, the Heat returned home Monday to play the Orlando Magic and lost that game, too. Now, the Houston Rockets (39-13) who have the second best record in the NBA.

Earlier this year the Heat made the Rockets sweat when they played in Houston. But it was the play of James Harden and Chris Paul in the closing moments that sealed the deal. Now, Miami will have to try to muster up a win or face their longest losing streak of the season on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.

The Heat will need to get back to their 3-point making ways to stand a chance against Houston.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL.
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 41% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Houston: Chris Paul, James Harden, Luc Mbah a Moute, PJ Tucker, Clint Capella
Miami: Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Rockets: Ryan Anderson (ankle, unknown)
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg), Okaro White (Out, Foot), Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle), Kelly Olynyk (Questionable, shoulder), Justise Winslow (Questionable, illness)

What To Watch For

Can Miami shoot the three?

What was once their strong suit, the Heat have struggled massively lately. Houston puts up huge numbers offensively and through the three, so the Heat need to keep pace. It’s up to Wayne Ellington to get his groove back and hopefully the Heat can give themselves a chance to win at the end.

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