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Game Preview: Miami Heat hit the road in rematch vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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Miami beat Cleveland handily at home two nights ago and will look to repeat that performance tonight.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (36-20) easily dispatched the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers (15-41) on Saturday night and will get another chance at beating them again tonight on the road.

All five starters scored in double-figures along with reserves Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder in a balanced effort for the 124-105 blowout win on Saturday that was highlighted by Dwyane Wade’s jersey retirement ceremony at halftime. The game was essentially won by the second quarter, in which the Heat outscored the Cavs 44-20.

Kendrick Nunn bounced back in a big way after struggling mightily during the Heat’s west coast trip and led the team with 24 points on an efficient 7-12 shooting, including 4-7 from beyond the arc, to go along with eight assists. Bam Adebayo led the team with nine assists and also contributed 15 points on 7-9 shooting and three rebounds.

Miami has beat Cleveland eight straight times, including three this season, and has a solid chance to improve their 13-17 road record while the Cavs are just 7-22 at home and have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Butler missed Saturday’s game for personal reasons and will also be out tonight. Tyler Herro and Meyers Leonard remain out for the Heat. Cavs forward Kevin Love missed Saturday’s game because of a foot injury and it remains to be seen whether he will play tonight.

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with a 69% chance to win tonight.

After tonight’s game, the Heat will then start a five-game homestand with a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
  • Kelly Olynyk
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Kendrick Nunn

Cavaliers:

  • Darius Garland
  • Collin Sexton
  • Andre Drummond
  • Larry Nance Jr.
  • Cedi Osman

Broadcast Info:

Game time: 7:00pm

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)