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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

Magic Position Heat
Magic Position Heat
Markelle Fultz PG Kyle Lowry
Gary Harris SG Tyler Herro
Paolo Banchero SF Jimmy Butler
Franz Wagner PF Caleb Martin
Wendell Carter Jr. C Bam Adebayo