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GAME PREVIEW: Heat start road trip vs Blazers

The Miami Heat will visit the 4-0 Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night.

Portland Trail Blazers v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (1-3) need to start collecting wins to get their season going in the right direction. As they begin a west coast trip, they’ll face the undefeated Portland Trailblazers (4-0).

With Damian Lillard healthy and playing great, the Blazers have been tough to beat. Lillard is averaging 33.3 PPG through the first four games, which have all been against Western Conference teams. The Heat didn’t play Lillard at all last year due to injuries, he’s always a tough cover, even with Kyle Lowry.

The other problem the Blazers present is the size of Jusuf Nurkic, who has traditionally been a tough matchup for Bam Adebayo. The Heat don’t have a great margin for error when multiple of their guys don’t produce. And with it being the first road game, you have to expect that it’s going to be a little more difficult to put the ball in the basket.

But, the Heat just can’t afford to lose this game as they head into San Fransisco to play the Warriors the next night. They’ve got to find a way to do it. The Blazers don’t have the type of depth that the Heat do, so maybe Miami can use that to their advantage.

Either way, we will be watching and cheering on the Heat.

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo: out
  • Omer Yurtseven: out

PORTLAND:

  • Gary Payton II: out
  • Trendon Watford: out
  • Olivier Sarr: out
  • Justise Winslow: questionable

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Wizards Position Heat
Wizards Position Heat
Bradley Beal PG Kyle Lowry
Kyle Kuzma SG Max Strus
Corey Kispert SF Caleb Martin
Deni Avdija PF Nikola Jovic
Kristaps Porzingis C Bam Adebayo

ODDS (via DraftKings)

The odds can be found at DraftKings.

BROADCAST INFO

TV: BallySports
TIPOFF: 10:00 PM EST
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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