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GAME PREVIEW: Heat look for revenge, host Pistons

The Miami Heat lost to the Pistons over the weekend and will look to return the favor at FTX Arena.

Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons Photo by Rick Osentoski/Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (19-13) will look for some revenge when they host the Detroit Pistons (5-25) on Thursday night.

The Pistons snapped a 14-game losing streak and beat the Heat 100-90 on Sunday night. Now, with Tyler Herro back in the lineup, the Heat will hope to shoot them off the floor with their elite spacing. The Heat waxed the Pacers nailing 22 three-pointers on Tuesday in a 125-96 route.

Miami will still be without Caleb Martin but welcome Zylan Cheatham to the team as he started his 10-day contract. The Heat will continue to be really short-handed without Jimmy Butler in the lineup, missing his 12th out of 13 games. It would be great to send the Heat to Christmas with a win.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 88% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS PISTONS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT 7:30 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Markieff Morris - out (whiplash)
  • Bam Adebayo - out (thumb surgery recovery)
  • Jimmy Butler - out (tailbone)
  • Caleb Martin - out (Health & Safety Protocol)
  • PJ Tucker - out (leg)


DETROIT:

  • Killian Hayes - day-to-day
  • Kelly Olynyk - out (MCL)
  • Jeram Grant - out (surgery)
  • Cade Cunningham - out (H&S Protocols)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Marcus Smart PG Kyle Lowry
Jaylen Brown SG Max Strus
Jayson Tatum SF Jimmy Butler
Al Horford PF PJ Tucker
Robert Williams III C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

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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