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GAME PREVIEW: The Heat host Cavs looking to stay hot

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The Heat expects Bam Adebayo to return to the lineup as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

NBA: Miami Heat at Utah Jazz Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat have won 4 straight games, all without Bam Adebayo who is positioned to return to the lineup tonight when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers (14-24).

Miami, winners of 10 out of their last 11 games, has been playing much more consistently and is currently holding the NBA’s best defense over the past month. Nearing a team with full health — the Heat are looking to continue their winning ways with a home game against the struggling Cavs.

Collin Sexton will be the problem for Miami as he can score effectively and will never stop pressuring the defense. The problem for Cleveland is going to be scoring...which they’re 30th in the NBA and Miami’s tight defense is going to be a tough combo here. Kevin Love exited their last game early after missing all of January and February with injury, we are unsure of his status — but it seems as though he will play.

Miami hasn’t overwhelmed any team yet. So although they are favored, nothing is given and everything will be earned.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 84% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS CAVS: TUESDAY, MARCH 16 AT 8:00 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

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

CLEVELAND:

  • Andre Drummond: out (not with team)
  • Taurean Prince: out (shoulder)
  • Matthew Dellavadova: out (appendicitis)
  • Kevin Love: questionable (exited last game early)

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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