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GAME PREVIEW: Struggling Heat return home to host Nets

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Miami must put a stop to their 3-game losing streak but will have to do it against a tough opponent today.

NBA: Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (28-28) are back at home after their West Coast road trip with a three-game losing streak to show for it and plenty of questions to be answered as we head into the final stretch of the regular season. They have a chance to turn it around beginning today at 3:30pm for an early game against the Brooklyn Nets (38-18) at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

They’ll be without Victor Oladipo once again but the Nets are also shorthanded with James Harden sitting out with a hamstring injury. Brooklyn also lost LaMarcus Aldridge to retirement earlier this week after an irregular heartbeat was enough cause for concern for him to cease playing for his new team.

The two teams face each other for the third time this season, with the Nets winning both games of a back-to-back set - 128-124 on Jan. 24 and 98-85 the following night.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 52% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS NETS: SUNDAY, APRIL 18 AT 3:30 PM

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee)
  • Andre Iguodala : out (hip)
  • Gabe Vincent: day to day (knee)

BROOKLYN:

  • Tyler Johnson: out (knee)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie: out for season (ACL)
  • James Harden: out (hamstring)
  • Chris Chiozza: out (hand)

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: ESPN (Mark Jones, Richard Jefferson, Israel Gutierrez), NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ron Rothstein, Jonathan Zaslow, Tommy Tighe)
SPANISH RADIO: WRTO Mix 98.3 FM (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala). HEAT Spanish Radio Network includes: WEFL ESPN Deportes 760 AM

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