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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Doncic and Mavericks

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The Heat are looking for a fourth straight win, and to avenge their previous loss to Dallas.

NBA: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat (35-30) are looking for a fourth straight win and a chance to go to six games over .500 with a win over the Dallas Mavericks (36-28) on Tuesday night.

Miami completed an important two game road trip with wins and now have two home games against West opponents before their important trip to Boston.

Dallas have won 6 of their last 8 but just dropped a home game to the Sacramento Kings. Both the Heat and Mavericks are sitting in the 6th seed in their Conference and so there is a lot to play here for both teams looking to avoid the play-in tournament.

Dallas beat Miami 93-83 on January 1. Miami’s rotation is significantly different than that game, but Luka had 27 points on the Heat. He will be the key for Miami. Jimmy Butler will likely get the primary matchup, but I am sure they will also use the length of Trevor Ariza on him. Doncic works heavy in pick and roll, so the Heat will be switching a lot — as long as they can avoid Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson routinely being iso’d by Doncic, they can be successful.

Look for another good game from Bam Adebayo, as the Mavericks will have little interior resistance for him.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 58% chance to win the game.




  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee)
  • Tyler Herro: out (foot)
  • Andre Iguodala: questionable (hip)


  • Kristaps Porzingis: doubtful (knee)
  • Tyrell Terry: out (personal)
  • Maxi Kleber: questionable (achilles)


Projected Starters

Clippers Position Heat
Clippers Position Heat
Reggie Jackson PG Kyle Lowry
Paul George SG Tyler Herro
Kawhi Leonard SF Jimmy Butler
Marcus Morris Sr. PF Caleb Martin
Ivica Zubac 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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