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GAME PREVIEW: Heat begin road trip in Portland without Oladipo

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Heat are without Oladipo, who didn’t travel with the team, when they visit the Trail Blazers.

Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (27-25) hit the road after beating the Los Angeles Lakers to face the Portland Trail Blazers (31-21) tonight at 10:00pm.

Portland is coming off a 118-103 win against the Detroit Pistons in which Enes Kanter led the team with 24 points and 30 rebounds. They also won the first match-up between these two teams this season 125-122 on March 25, with CJ McCollum leading Portland with 35 points and Bam Adebayo scoring 29 points for Miami.

Tonight will be the first game in a tough four-game road trip with the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves next for the Heat. This would have been a great showcase for Victor Oladipo, but he won’t be traveling with the team on the trip as the team gathers more information on the extent of the knee injury he suffered in the closing moments of their win against the Lakers.

Miami could certainly use Tyler Herro with Oladipo out, but there remains to be seen if he will be available due to a foot injury. He remains questionable for tonight due to right foot soreness, with Gabe Vincent (knee) probable.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 39% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS TRAIL BLAZERS: SUNDAY, APRIL 11 AT 10:00 PM

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • KZ Okpala: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee)
  • Tyler Herro: day to day (foot)
  • Gabe Vincent: day to day (knee)

PORTLAND:

  • Jusuf Nurkic: out (injury management)
  • Zach Collins: out (ankle)

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: Bally Sports Sun, NBA TV, NBA League Pass
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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