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GAME PREVIEW: Heat visit Doncic and Mavericks

The Miami Heat will look to grab another quality win as they visit the Mavericks on TNT.

Miami Heat v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images


The Miami Heat (5-1) will look to continue their impressive start to the season as they visit Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks (4-2) on national television Tuesday night.

The Heat have climbed to #1 on the and Power Rankings and #2 on the NBA Power Rankings. People are taking notice of the Heat’s hot start and I’m sure Mark Cuban would love to see the Mavs put a halt to it.

The Heat have had an extra day off after they beat the Grizzlies on Saturday night, a game in which the Heat knocked in a season-high 21 three-pointers. The Heat are rolling, but they will have their hands full guarding Luka Doncic who is always a tough cover as a scorer and creator. Fortunately, the Heat have three solid players to throw at him with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and PJ Tucker. Although Tucker probably does not have the first step to guard Luka on the perimeter at this point.

The Mavs right now are a low scoring team (98.3 PPG - 28th) and a low ball-moving team (20.2 APG - 27th). Without Maxi Kleber, the Mavs will start a more versatile lineup that can cause the Heat some isolation problems, but the Heat should be able to dominate the boards and thus push the pace against them as they have all season.

The KEY MATCHUP is Luka Doncic against Jimmy Butler. Jimbo just won player of the week and has been rolling in his role as a scorer and defender (as opposed to a playmaker last year). Doncic is a tough cover, but I think making life tough on Luka is key to slowing Dallas. If Butler can put pressure on him on both ends, it will help Miami eventually pull away.

Side Note: Luka Doncic is averaging 22.5 PPG and Tyler Herro is averaging 22.0 PPG.




  • Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Max Strus - out (knee sprain)
  • Bam Adebayo - probable (knee bruise)


  • Maxi Kleber - out (back)
  • Kristaps Porzingis - questionable (back)


Projected Starters

Clippers Position Heat
Clippers Position Heat
Reggie Jackson PG Kyle Lowry
Paul George SG Tyler Herro
Kawhi Leonard SF Jimmy Butler
Marcus Morris Sr. PF Caleb Martin
Ivica Zubac C Bam Adebayo


RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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