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GAMETHREAD: New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) @ Miami Heat (0-1)

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The Heat open the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule with their season home opener hosting the Pelicans.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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The Miami Heat host the New Orleans Pelicans in their home opener for the 2020-21 NBA regular season. Jimmy Butler was questionable for today’s game but will play, while Meyers Leonard returns to the starting lineup. Max Strus and Gabe Vincent, Miami’s two 2-way players, are listed as inactive.

The Heat lost their season opener against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night while the New Orleans Pelicans won their first game in a 113-99 road win against the Toronto Raptors. The Pelicans were led by Brandon Ingram with a team-leading 24 points as well as sharpshooter JJ Redick with 23 points off the bench.

Tipoff: 12:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Sun, ESPN, NBA League Pass

Radio: WAXY 790 / WAQI 710

Starting Lineups

Magic Position Heat
Magic Position Heat
Markelle Fultz PG Kyle Lowry
Gary Harris SG Tyler Herro
Paolo Banchero SF Jimmy Butler
Franz Wagner PF Caleb Martin
Wendell Carter Jr. C Bam Adebayo