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GAME PREVIEW: Heat seek to continue road win streak against Magic tonight

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Miami must take advantage of a shorthanded opponent that is mired in a seven-game losing streak.

Orlando Magic v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat finally have a winning record, with a five-game road win streak as well, as they visit Orlando to face the Magic for the third time this season. Most recently the two teams met to kick off the second part of the NBA regular season, a game in which Jimmy Butler led Miami with 27 points in a 111-103 victory on March 11.

All indications are that Bam Adebayo will continue to sit out with knee tendonitis. Orlando will be severely shorthanded, with seven players currently listed in their injury report, as they try to snap their seven-game losing streak tonight.

Miami are currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, four games behind the third seeded Milwaukee Bucks but just half a game ahead of the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and the Charlotte Hornets - with the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks not too far behind either. In other words, the Heat need to keep collecting wins with so many teams in the rear-view mirror.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 65% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS MAGIC: SUNDAY, MARCH 14 AT 7:00 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Meyers Leonard: out for season (shoulder)
  • Avery Bradley: out (calf)
  • Bam Adebayo: out (knee)

ORLANDO:

  • Markelle Fultz: out for season (knee)
  • Jonathan Isaac: out for season (knee)
  • Cole Anthony: out (rib)
  • Aaron Gordon: out (ankle)
  • Terrence Ross: out (knee)
  • James Ennis III: out (calf)
  • Evan Fournier: out (groin)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Bucks Position Heat
Bucks Position Heat
Jrue Holiday PG Goran Dragic
Bryn Forbes SG Duncan Robinson
Khris Middleton SF Jimmy Butler
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF Trevor Ariza
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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