The Miami Heat (19-19) are in need of a bounce-back win against the best team in the Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets (26-12) are coming in and will be a challenging task for the Heat. Denver is an excellent passing and ball movement team, ranking second in the NBA in assists per game. They also have the 3rd best opponent PPG in the league, and so the Heat will need to be on their best game. Denver is coming off a loss in Houston last night.
When: Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Win Probability: According the FiveThirtyEight the Heat have an 45% chance to win.
Denver: Jamal Murray, Garry Harris, Torrey Craig, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic
Miami: Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside
Nuggets: Will Barton (Out), Isaiah Thomas (Out), Michael Porter Jr. (Out)
Heat: Goran Dragic (Out)
What To Watch For
This may be one of the toughest matchups for Hassan Whiteside this season because of the versatility of Jokic. He can pass, move around and be creative with the ball. There will be no plays off for Whiteside, and I suspect we will see plenty of Bam Adebayo in this one as well. Either way, the Heat need to neutralize Jokic the best they can to be successful.
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