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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Knicks looking for 3rd straight win

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The Heat are hoping to build a stronger resume before heading out for a west coast trip when they host the New York Knicks.

Miami Heat v New York Knicks Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat came home from New York after beating them 109-103 on Sunday afternoon and now will face the Knicks again in their final home game before a long west coast road trip.

A tough and tight battle, the Heat held on for the win in New York. Playing without Goran Dragic, Miami relied on their starting 5 and great play from Tyler Herro to secure the win. They’ll have to play just as good to beat the Knicks again, as Miami hasn’t had a great track record at home recently.

Goran Dragic remains out after suffering an ankle injury on Friday night. That means the Heat will run pretty much the same lineup they did on Sunday. For the Knicks, it is unclear whether newly acquired Derrick Rose will be available, but I would guess not.

The Heat will need to do a better job of guarding Julius Randle and hope that Reggie Bullock isn’t on fire again. RJ Barrett probably won’t play as bad as he did on Sunday, so there will be adjustments.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 70% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS KNICKS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 AT 7:30 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Meyers Leonard: out for season (shoulder)
  • Avery Bradley: out (calf)
  • Moe Harkless: out (thigh)
  • Chris Silva: out (hip)
  • Goran Dragic: out (ankle)

NEW YORK:

  • Nerlens Noel: day to day (knee)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Bucks Position Heat
Bucks Position Heat
George Hill PG Kyle Lowry
Grayson Allen SG Duncan Robinson
Khris Middleton SF Jimmy Butler
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF PJ Tucker
Brook Lopez 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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