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GAME PREVIEW: Heat return home to host Nuggets

The rematch between these two teams will be must-watch TV tonight.

Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images


The Miami Heat (13-7) recently wrapped up a 2-2 road trip and return home to the FTX Arena to host the Denver Nuggets (9-10) tonight at 7:30pm.

The two teams met for the first time three weeks ago in Denver in a game that featured plenty of drama, after Nikola Jokic was handed a mere one-game suspension for injuring Markieff Morris, who has still not played since and has already been ruled out for today’s game as well. Jokic is listed as questionable for tonight with a wrist injury. Who knows — perhaps it’s a lingering issue dating back to shoving Morris so violently after he was fouled hard to stop the game. His absence would be a huge boost for the Heat, as he currently ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 26.4 points per game and is also averaging 13.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

Just like in the first matchup in which the Heat lost 113-96, the Nuggets remain shorthanded and are missing key players. Miami will be without Jimmy Butler, however, who is dealing with a tailbone issue that may have occurred after a hard fall in their last game. Tyler Herro will also be out due to illness.

The Nuggets are 2-6 on the road while the Heat have a 6-1 record at home. Denver has lost six in a row after going on a five-game win streak — which included their home victory against Miami.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 73% chance to win the game.




  • Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Markieff Morris - out (whiplash)
  • Tyler Herro - out (illness)
  • Jimmy Butler - out (tailbone)


  • Jamal Murray - out (knee)
  • Michael Porter Jr. - out (back)
  • P.J. Dozier - out (knee)
  • Bones Hyland - questionable (ankle)
  • Nikola Jokic - questionable (wrist)


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


TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
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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