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Game Preview: Heat (12-4) visit Rockets (11-6), Butler out

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Miami may get Justise Winslow back when they take on Houston tonight.

Houston Rockets v Miami Heat Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Game Story:

The Houston Rockets host the Miami Heat, who could be without their leader, tonight eager for revenge.

According the FiveThirtyEight, the Heat have only a 17% chance of winning tonight despite blowing them out 129-100 earlier in the season, though that was at home.

Houston is 6-2 at home and won eight straight games after that embarrassing November 3 loss with James Harden back to playing like an MVP and the team improving their defense, though they seemed to have regressed again with three straight losses.

Miami may finally get Justise Winslow back, who has missed significant time recovering from a serious concussion suffered in their road loss to the Denver Nuggets. However, Jimmy Butler is unlikely to play due to illness. James Johnson also missed the Heat’s last game due to illness.

Probable Starters:


  • Jimmy Butler
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Kendrick Nunn


  • Russell Westbrook
  • James Harden
  • Danuel House Jr.
  • PJ Tucker
  • Clint Capela

Broadcast Info:

Game time: 8:00pm

TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson)

Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)

Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)