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Game Preview: Heat play NBA-best Bucks

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The Miami Heat will play the Milwaukee Bucks, the owners of the NBA’s best record.

Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (43-25) will play the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks (54-14) looking for their third straight win against them this season.

The Heat will be without All-Star Jimmy Butler (foot) and could also be without Goran Dragic (ankle) who was hurt at the very end of the win against the Celtics on Tuesday. Dragic is listed as questionable. It remains unclear what version of the Bucks the Heat will see. Milwaukee lost their last game to the Brooklyn Nets, but they did not play Giannis Antetokounmpo the entire second half.

That’s because the Bucks pretty much have the #1 seed in the East locked up. So we could see the same thing here. Or...because they haven’t beaten the Heat yet, we could see them try to make a statement here. Who knows? The Heat are still within range of Boston, but it still remains likely they stay in the #4 or #5 spot for the Playoffs.

This game is at 4:00 and will be on TNT.

Probable Starters:

Miami —

  • Kelly Olynyk
  • Jae Crowder
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Kendrick Nunn

Milwaukee —

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Khris Middleton
  • Robin Lopez
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • George Hill

Broadcast Info:

  • TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson); TNT
  • 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)