28.8 PPG / 9.5 RPG / 8.6 APG
That right there is the season stat line for second year forward Luka Doncic. And for the first time this season, the Miami Heat are going to get a real good look at what it takes to defend this young but tremendous player.
The Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season on the road but Doncic was hurt in the opening minutes of the game and didn’t return. Now, things will be different. The Heat will have Jimmy Butler to be the primary defender on Doncic but they will also be able to throw Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones Jr. at him. Hopefully Duncan Robinson doesn’t get switched onto him too much.
It’s going to be a great game because just like the Heat are in a logjam battle for seeding in the East, the Mavs are in the same situation in the West. They currently sit at 7th, but just a few games separate them from 3-4th in the West.
All that to say...there’s a lot to play for on Friday night. And if you want to be there, we’ve got you covered.
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Here’s two intriguing matchups...
#1 Jimmy Butler vs Luka Doncic
Luka is not an easy guard, but there is no one in the league who would relish the chance to put a damper on his production more than Jimmy Butler. For all we know, Butler should be well rested and ready for a great battle, although much of this will depend on how the Heat defend his pick and roll action.
#2 Kristaps Porzingis vs Bam Adebayo
Bam will be completely oversized here, but the challenge will be if Porzingis can really pick up Bam in transition. With Adebayo often taking the rebound and pushing the ball, Kristaps isn’t the quickest runner up and down the court.
This is a game you will want to be at...or at the very least be tuning in locally with Fox Sports.