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GAME PREVIEW: Heat continue west trip vs Kings

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The Miami Heat will visit the Sacramento Kings and look for some revenge from their last second win in Miami earlier this season.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are looking for some revenge from the Sacramento Kings (21-47). Earlier this year, rookie D’eAaron Fox had a put-back dunk to steal a win in Miami in what was a deflating loss. Now, the Heat look to keep the Kings down, who have lost 3 of the last 4.

The Heat will be without starting center Hassan Whiteside and leader Dwyane Wade, most likely. The Heat lost on Portland on Monday and need to get a win to stay in the hunt for a better playoff spot. Both the Wizards and Sixers lost last night, pulling the Heat within 2 in the loss column from each for the 6th and 5th spots in the East.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: Golden1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 63% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Sacramento: De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos
Miami: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Bam Adebayo

Injury Report

Kings: Harry Giles (Out, knee), Iman Shumphert (Out, knee)
Heat: Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle), Dwyane Wade (Out, Hamstring), Hassan Whiteside (Out, Hip)

What To Watch For

Can the Heat get back to defending?

The Kings are one of those teams that just plays. They don’t have a lot of things to play for or pressure, so they just get out there, run and get shots up. That can be problematic for the Heat, it seems, at times. And the Kings got the best of them. Randolph will try to punish Miami without Whiteside there to help. So we are looking to see if the Heat can defend at a high level without their defensive anchor.

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