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Game Preview: Heat host the Clippers on ESPN

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The Miami Heat look to keep their near-perfect home record intact when they host the LA Clippers.

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

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (31-13) are hosting the LA Clippers (31-14) in a Friday night ESPN matchup. What we thought could be a test for contenders has possibly turned into a game that won’t tell much at all. That’s because there are a plethora of injuries in play.

  • Paul George is OUT
  • Patrick Beverly is DOUBTFUL
  • Jimmy Butler is QUESTIONABLE
  • Goran Dragic is QUESTIONABLE
  • Kendrick Nunn is QUESTIONABLE

That’s a lot of key players that may not suit up in a game for two teams that are looking to keep pace as the third best record in the NBA behind the Bucks and Lakers.

Regardless, Kawhi Leonard is suiting (we think) and thus this should be a challenging game.

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with a 51% chance to win this game.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

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

Clippers:

  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Ivica Zubac
  • Lou Williams
  • Landry Shamet

Broadcast Info:

Game time: 8:00pm

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

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)