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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Pistons again trying to get on track

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The Heat lost by 20 to the Pistons on Saturday night. Can they fix this?

Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: This game was scheduled for 3 PM EST but has been delayed until at least 8 PM EST due to safety protocols.

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat got waxed 38-19 in the third quarter against the Pistons on Saturday night and ended up losing the game by 20 points. It wasn’t pretty. The defense was bad and the culture of doing everything it takes hasn’t been there.

Although the Heat was without Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro, it was clear they are still lacking some desperation to prove they deserve to be in the NBA elite. They get another chance at the 3-9 Pistons in Miami Monday afternoon for a 3:00 game on MLK day.

Last year, the Heat were 19-7 when they suffered their 7th loss of the season. Now at 4-7, Miami has some work to do.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat an 81% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS PISTONS: MONDAY, JANUARY 18 AT 3:00 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Jimmy Butler, OUT-HEALTHY & SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Avery Bradley, OUT-HEALTHY & SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Meyers Leonard, Doubtful
  • Tyler Herro: Questionable
  • Gabe Vincent: Probable

DETROIT:

  • Killian Hayes: OUT
  • Frank Jackson: Day-to-Day

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Bucks Position Heat
Bucks Position Heat
Jrue Holiday PG Goran Dragic
Bryn Forbes SG Duncan Robinson
Khris Middleton SF Jimmy Butler
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF Trevor Ariza
Brook Lopez C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: FOX SPORTS SUN
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)

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