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Game Preview: Heat (32-30) host Pistons (29-33) in crucial matchup

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The Heat will try to fend off the visiting Pistons as both teams battle for one of the last playoff spots.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat must regroup after a forgettable outing against the Los Angeles Lakers if they want to hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot when they host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Detroit currently sits three games behind Miami in the ninth spot, but another flat performance could potentially spell doom for the Heat at the close of the regular season. For a team that lost out on the playoffs last season by a single game, this team above all should understand the importance of this matchup at this point in the regular season.

Game Info

When: Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 74% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Detroit: Ish Smith, Reggie Bullock, James Ennis, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond
Miami: Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Pistons: Reggie Jackson (ankle)
Heat: Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle), Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington (Left Quad)

What To Watch For

Big men clash

Losers of seven of their last nine games, including an overtime loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday, the Pistons are also without starting point guard Reggie Jackson. Expect a battle in the paint featuring Drummond, Griffin, Whiteside and Bam Adebayo

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