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GAME PREVIEW: Heat play Hawks again, this time in Atlanta

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The Hawks gave the Heat all they could handle last night, now they’ll play in Atlanta as the Heat look at playoff positioning.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat hit the road to battle the Atlanta Hawks (22-56) on the back side of a home and home series. The Heat pulled out a 101-98 win last night even after trailing by as many as 9 points in the 4th quarter. Miami pulled to 42-36 on the season and clinched a playoff spot.

But with 4 games to go in the season, there’s no time to rest.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 64% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Atlanta: Isaiah Taylor, Damion Lee, Taurean Prince, John Collins, Miles Plumlee
Miami: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Bam Adebayo

Injury Report

Hawks: Dewayne Dedmon (Ribs)
Heat: Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle)

What To Watch For

How much zone will the Hawks play?

And can they hit 13 threes again? The Hawks played some zone and the Heat did decent against it, helping their late comeback. Will they try it again? Miami needs to come out with a much better effort and take care of the ball some more to win. The Hawks are playing freely and even though the Heat have clinched, they need to close out the season well.

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