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The Miami Heat try to snap their first set of consecutive losses when they host the San Antonio Spurs

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (27-12) are hosting the San Antonio Spurs (17-21) for a quick stop at home before two more games on the road. The Heat are trying to right the ship after a pair of losses in New York over the weekend to the Nets and Knicks — both games the Heat had a fourth quarter lead and they let slip away. It was also Miami’s first time losing consecutive games this season.

The Spurs are coming in as winners of three of their last four, and are on the 4th game of a 4-game trip. They won by one point in Toronto on Sunday, so they are coming off the same rest schedule as the Heat. DeMar DeRozan has led the Spurs in scoring for the last nine games — he will be the primary focus of Jimmy Butler.

LaMarcus Aldridge, a known “Heat killer”, will also be a matchup that Bam Adebayo will have to win, although it may be Meyers Leonard who starts the game on him. Patty Mills, also a known “Heat Killer”, will battle Goran Dragic as the primary engines off the bench.

Any team coached by Gregg Popovich will not be an easy win, but the Heat are a NBA-best 17-1 at home.

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with a 72% chance to win this game.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

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

Spurs:

  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Trey Lyles
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Bryn Forbes
  • Dejounte Murray

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)