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GAME PREVIEW: Heat take on Ja Morant, Grizzlies on the road

Miami is now second in the East, with another chance tonight to add to the win column.

Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat Photo by Carlos Goldman/NBAE via Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (4-1) visit the Memphis Grizzlies (3-2) tonight, fresh off a solid home victory against the Charlotte Hornets last night.

They aren’t the only team feeling good about themselves, with the Grizz handing the Golden State Warriors their first loss in five games to open the season in a gritty 104-101 overtime road win Thursday night. They were led by who else but former rookie of the year Ja Morant with 30 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in 42 minutes.

Looking ahead to tonight’s matchup, Memphis’ defense hasn’t impressed much having allowed their opponents to reach triple digits and then some across five games. Could this be the game where the Heat let it fly from deep with some accuracy and/or feature breakout offensive displays from Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson? If the three-headed monster of Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo can continue to play as well as they have to start the NBA season, it may not matter.

The biggest key to the game will be how Morant can attack the Heat’s so-far stellar defense. Memphis will always be a dangerous team if he is not contained sufficiently.

UPDATE: Bam Adebayo is being listed as questionable for tonight’s game due to a left knee bruise.

HEAT VS GRIZZLIES: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT 8:00 P.M.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Bam Adebayo - questionable (left knee bruise)

MEMPHIS:

  • Kyle Anderson - doubtful (right calf)
  • Dillon Brooks - out (hand)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Bucks Position Heat
Bucks Position Heat
Jrue Holiday PG Kyle Lowry
Grayson Allen SG Duncan Robinson
Khris Middleton SF Tyler Herro
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF PJ Tucker
Bobby Portis C Dewayne Dedmon

BROADCAST INFO

TV: BALLY SPORTS SUN, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter), Sirius XM Channel 895 (radio simulcast)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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