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GAME PREVIEW: Heat return home to face Raptors

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The Miami Heat are returning home after a 7-game road trip and will face the Toronto Raptors with 5 games left before the All-Star break.

Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat are glad to be back home. But returning from a long road trip can always lead to some struggles on the home court right away. The Heat will immediately be put to the test when they face the pesky Raptors who are 1-1 against Miami so far this season.

Toronto (16-16) lost last night against the Philadelphia 76ers and they are also really looking for a win to continue to compete in the middle of the muddied Easter Conference. Miami, looking for their 4th straight win is trying to climb its way back into the playoff picture at 14-17 on the season.

The Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry, but surprisingly have only lost one game this season without him. They beat Miami without Lowry on January 22. Miami will have to win the rebounding battle against the Raptors to have a great chance to win.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 56% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS RAPTORS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 AT 8:00 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Meyers Leonard: out for season (shoulder)
  • Avery Bradley: out (calf)
  • Chris Silva: out (hip)
  • Goran Dragic: day-to-day (ankle)
  • Tyler Herro: day-to-day (hip)

TORONTO:

  • Kyle Lowry: out (thumb)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Magic Position Heat
Magic Position Heat
Cole Anthony PG Kyle Lowry
Jalen Suggs SG Duncan Robinson
Franz Wagner SF Jimmy Butler
Wendell Carter Jr. PF PJ Tucker
Mo Bamba 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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