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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Suns in advance of trade deadline

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The Miami Heat will host the Phoenix Suns in their last game before the NBA trade deadline.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (22-21) are in danger of dropping to .500 again as they are looking to avoid a 4th straight loss when they host the Phoenix Suns (28-13).

The Suns are led by Devin Booker (25.2 PPG) and Chris Paul (8.8 APG) and are currently looking for a 7th consecutive road win. Phoenix is a real problem, and they have a familiar face stabilizing their lineup — Jae Crowder. Crowder left the Heat in free agency for Phoenix, opting for extra years of a contract over what the Heat were offering. It has paid off for him.

The Heat just dropped two games at home to the Pacers and there’s a lot of chatter about making a big move in advance of the trade deadline because of their glaring weaknesses on display. The Heat can make everyone on the roster sleep and feel a lot better by getting a win against one of the NBA’s best teams right now.

Phoenix, like Miami, is one of the league’s better defensive teams, giving up just over 107 PPG (third-best). They also are one of the league’s better ball-moving teams with getting over 27 assists per game. The Heat will only be competitive in this game if their shooting returns to them.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 48% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS SUNS: TUESDAY, MARCH 23 AT 8:00 PM.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Avery Bradley: out (calf)
  • Udonis Haslem: day-to-day (health and safety protocols)
  • Goran Dragic: questionable (back)

PHOENIX:

  • N/A

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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