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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Kelly Olynyk and Rockets

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Miami gets their first look at Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley who are possibly looking for a revenge game when the Rockets visit Miami.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

GAME STORY

Coming off the heels of a thrilling win against the Brooklyn Nets where Bam Adebayo hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer, the Heat will host the Houston Rockets (15-42). This will be the first matchup between the teams since they completed a trade on the trade deadline that sent Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley to the Rockets and Victor Oladipo to the Heat.

Oladipo is not expected to play, but Olynyk and Bradley will be available.

The Rockets have struggled a lot this season, but they are not a push-over win, especially for the Heat who could still be without Jimmy Butler who missed Sunday’s game. Christian Wood will create problems for Miami that they will have to alter their defensive plan. Fortunately, it seems John Wall will also miss this game, as he would have also created some matchup problems for the Heat.

The Heat will be without several key players as well and this could turn into a game that is a struggle to score if the shooting doesn’t happen. The Rockets shouldn’t provide much resistance — and they shouldn’t kill the Heat on the boards either. We really don’t know what to expect depending on if Jimmy Butler suits up or not.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 78% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS ROCKETS: MONDAY, APRIL 19 AT 8:00 PM

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee)
  • Bam Adebayo: out (knee)
  • Tyler Herro: out (foot)
  • Jimmy Butler: questionable (ankle)
  • Goran Dragic: questionable (back/knee)
  • Andre Iguodala: questionable (hip)
  • Gabe Vincent: probable (knee)

HOUSTON:

  • D.J. Augustin: out (ankle)
  • Dante Exum: out (calf)
  • David Nwaba: out (wrist)
  • Sterling Brown: out (knee)
  • John Wall: out (achilles)
  • Eric Gordon: out (groin)
  • Danuel House: out (ankle)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

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

BROADCAST INFO

TV: Bally Sports Sun, 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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