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Game Preview: Heat hope to bounce back when they host the Magic

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The Miami Heat look to get back to their winning ways after a tough home loss.

Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (31-14) are looking to get a rebound win after losing at home to the LA Clippers. The only problem...so are their opponent, the Orlando Magic (21-26). The Clippers completed the Florida sweep over the weekend led by Kawhi Leonard.

Miami, with a win would move back into second place in the Eastern Conference. But they could be short-handed again. As Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn are all questionable for the matchup. The Heat are obviously still without Justise Winslow (Okpala, Silva also out for G-League). In their absence, Dion Waiters has emerged from the basement to offer some scoring and flair. It was a tough matchup to return to, but he faired decent and played in the clutch.

If this is his opportunity to remerge into the rotation or make his trade value increase...we will see. Either way, the Heat are also looking to get some revenge after Orlando beat them in their last matchup up the road.

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with a 65% chance to win this game.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Kendrick Nunn

Magic:

  • Aaron Gordon
  • Khem Birch
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Evan Fournier
  • Markelle Fultz

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)