The Miami Heat (31-28) visit the Atlanta Hawks (32-27) tonight with another opportunity to climb up the standings if they can extend their current win streak.
While the Heat are for the most part healthy with the exception of Andre Iguodala, who is out tonight with a hip injury, and the continued absence of Victor Oladipo, the Hawks will be severely shorthanded tonight at home. Star guard Trae Young went down with a sprained left ankle during their last game Wednesday night in a 137-127 overtime loss to the New York Knicks and has been ruled out for their next two games. Atlanta (16-11 at home) has already been without key players such as Danilo Gallinari, De’Andre Hunter, and Cam Reddish. Clint Capela, coming off a 25-point, 22-rebound performance against the Knicks is listed as questionable for tonight with a back injury.
This is admittedly a difficult game to preview with the status of several players up in the air or already ruled out for tonight, and though the absence of Young is certainly a boost for Miami it obviously doesn’t mean victory is assured.
The two teams meet for the third and final time this season, with Miami emerging victorious 109-99 in their first matchup and Atlanta winning 94-80 in the last meeting on March 2. Playoff positioning makes this an important game to win, with the Heat in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and the Hawks at the No. 5 seed.
Perhaps most crucially, will Headband Jimmy make another appearance?
ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 37% chance to win the game.
HEAT VS HAWKS: FRIDAY, APRIL 23 AT 7:30 PM
- Victor Oladipo: out (knee)
- Andre Iguodala: out (hip)
- Tyler Herro: questionable (right foot soreness)
- Trae Young: out (ankle)
- Danilo Gallinari: questionable (foot)
- Clint Capela: questionable (back)
- De’Andre Hunter: out (knee)
- Tony Snell: doubtful (ankle)
- Kris Dunn: out (ankle)
- Cam Reddish: out (achilles)
|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|
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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