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GAME PREVIEW: Hawks visit Miami for a rematch

The Miami Heat embarrassed the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night and now they’ll face off again, this time in Miami. Here’s all you need to know.

Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (26-15) beat the Atlanta Hawks (17-23) up pretty good in the second half on Wednesday night. Now, the two teams will face off again, but this time in Miami. And there’s a chance the Heat will be welcoming back their best player, Jimmy Butler.

Tyler Herro put on a clinic with a near triple-double on Wednesday and controlled the game from the moment he came in. The Heat put the clamps on Trae Young and also hunted him on defense to create mismatches in the Heat’s favor. Miami got another big assist game from Omer Yurtseven (6 assists) and they welcomed back Dewayne Dedmon who provided much-needed depth in the front court off the bench.

The Heat is getting more healthy and it’s helping. John Collins started to get chirpy at the end of the game on Wednesday, and I expect him to come out with a chip on his shoulder and look to make a bigger impact on the game.

All in all, both of these teams need to make shots to be successful, let’s see who comes out ready to score.

The Hawks made a trade on Thursday, sending 22-year-old Cam Reddish to the Knicks along with Solomon Hill in exchange for a first-round pick and Kevin Knox.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 61% chance to win the game.

HEAT VS HAWKS: FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 8:00 PM.

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • KZ Okpala: out (wrist)
  • Markieff Morris: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Bam Adebayo: out (thumb)
  • Marcus Garrett: out (conditioning)
  • Jimmy Butler: questionable (ankle)

ATLANTA:

  • Clint Capela: doubtful (ankle)
  • Sharife Cooper: questionable (thumb)
  • Kevin Knox: TBD
  • Jalen Johnson: out

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Marcus Smart PG Kyle Lowry
Jaylen Brown SG Max Strus
Jayson Tatum SF Jimmy Butler
Al Horford PF PJ Tucker
Robert Williams III C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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