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GAME PREVIEW: Heat return home to face struggling Lakers

The two former Finals opponents meet again tonight at 6:00pm.

NBA: Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat (29-17) return home after a frustrating loss to the Atlanta Hawks and will host the Los Angeles Lakers (23-23) today at the FTX Arena with tipoff scheduled for 6:00pm.

For the Heat, the inactive list remains the same with Kyle Lowry (personal reasons) away from the team and leading scorer Tyler Herro out due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

The Lakers, however, have upgraded Anthony Davis to questionable and he may return tonight after a 16-game absence due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. He will be a game-time decision. Davis is averaging 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals this season and the Lakers went 7-9 without him. LeBron James also makes an appearance on the injury list, but he is considered probable tonight with an abdomen injury — though he’s been known to sit out games in Miami since his Heat departure in 2014.

Former MVP Russell Westbrook has struggled mightily in his first season with the Lakers, including being benched for the final minutes of a recent loss to the Indiana Pacers. He responded with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in Friday’s 116-105 win against the lowly Orlando Magic. James scored 29 points and Carmelo Anthony contributed 23 points off the bench. Los Angeles is still 23-23 for the season, a far cry from their championship in the NBA bubble at the Heat’s expense, and are in the midst of their longest road trip of the season.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 79% chance to win the game.




  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Kyle Lowry: out (personal reasons)
  • KZ Okpala: out (wrist)
  • Markieff Morris: out (conditioning)
  • Tyler Herro: out (H/S Protocols)


  • LeBron James: day to day (abdominal)
  • Anthony Davis: questionable (knee)
  • Sekou Doumbouya: out (health and safety protocols)
  • Kendrick Nunn: out (knee)


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 TV, 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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