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GAMETHREAD: Miami Heat (17-18) @ New Orleans Pelicans (15-20)

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Jimmy Butler returns to the starting lineup tonight, but Bam Adebayo is out.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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The Miami Heat are back on the road tonight to face the New Orleans Pelicans in their final game before the midseason All-Star break.

Seeking to rebound after a poor showing in their loss to the visiting Atlanta Hawks that snapped their six-game win streak, the Heat are boosted by the return of Jimmy Butler but Bam Adebayo (knee soreness) will be replaced by KZ Okpala in the starting lineup. The team had listed both starters as questionable in the injury report earlier. Goran Dragic will be coming off the bench.

Helping matters will be the absence of All-Star big man Zion Williamson and sharpshooter JJ Redick for the Pelicans.



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


  • Zion Williamson (right fifth toe irritation)
  • JJ Redick (right heel soreness)

Tipoff: 8:30 p.m.

TV: TNT, NBA League Pass

Radio: WAXY 790 / WAQI 710

Starting Lineups

Lakers Position Heat
Lakers Position Heat
Russell Westbrook PG Gabe Vincent
Avery Bradley SG Duncan Robinson
Trevor Ariza SF Jimmy Butler
LeBron James PF PJ Tucker
Dwight Howard C Bam Adebayo