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GAME PREVIEW: Heat aim to derail the Trail Blazers rise in Western Conference standings

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A short-handed Miami team goes west to snap Portland’s winning streak at 9 games.

Portland Trail Blazers v Miami Heat Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

The Miami Heat (36-31) visit the Portland Trail Blazers (40-26) searching to snap their 7-game road losing streak and Portland’s 9-game winning streak.

Game Information

When: Monday, March 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR

TV: ESPN

Radio: WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Win probability: ESPN predictor has Portland with a 68% chance to win.

Probable Starters

HEAT: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Bam Adebayo

TRAIL BLAZERS: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Evan Turner, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jusuf Nurkic

Injury Report

HEAT: Dion Waiters (out, ankle), Dwyane Wade (out, left hamstring), Hassan Whiteside (out, hip flexor)

TRAIL BLAZERS: None

Scouting Report

This game is their second and last meeting this season, after Miami dissipated a 16-point second half lead and losing by a score of 102-95 in Miami, as succintly framed by HHH’s very own Diego Quezada,

Put simply, the Heat gave this game away with poor play in the fourth quarter.

Heat enter the last 15 games of the season on a mission to get in the playoffs to make some noise, and use this game to even their season series with the Trail Blazers.

Sporadic injuries and a Trail Blazers team firing on all cylinders present a huge test in ending the current losing ways on the road, but then John F. Kennedy said when encountering a challenge,

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.”