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Game Preview: Heat seek to continue winning ways on the road in Brooklyn

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Miami eager to prove they most definitely are not a mediocre road team.

Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (27-10) are finally healthy and with their last win, an impressive showing against the Indiana Pacers to open their current road trip, they have once again claimed the No. 2 seed in the East. Tonight they’ll have another chance to improve their 10-9 road record this season against the Brooklyn Nets (16-20), an East team expected to be on the rise this season but have now lost seven straight games as they wait for Kyrie Irving to return from his shoulder injury.

Brooklyn, at 9-8 at home and hobbled with injuries, may not present as big of a threat on paper to the Heat. However, they have struggled at times precisely against these kinds of teams, as evidenced by recent losses to the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards, the only blips in a stretch in which Miami otherwise won eight of their last 10 games.

Justise Winslow finally returned to action against the Pacers and will be eager to carve out a bigger role for himself as he gets back into NBA shape after missing so much time due to back-to-back injuries. UPDATE: Miami has ruled Winslow out for tonight’s game out of caution as he works to fully recover from his back injury.

Derrick Jones Jr. was listed as questionable for tonight’s clash because of a left thigh bruise but will play.

The Heat beat the Nets 109-106 on Dec. 1 in their first matchup of the season.

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with a 62% chance to win this game.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

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

Nets:

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
  • Joe Harris
  • Taurean Prince
  • Rodions Kurucs
  • Jarrett Allen

Broadcast Info:

Game time: 7:30pm

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)