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GAME PREVIEW: Heat look to conclude homestand strong against Spurs

Can Miami down the struggling Spurs before hitting the road?

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

The Miami Heat will look to close their three-game homestand note as they face the lowly San Antonio Spurs on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET at FTX Arena.

The Heat got its bad taste out of its month from earlier in the week on Thursday, downing the Los Angeles Clippers behind another 30-point outing from Adebayo and yet another game where Jimmy Butler took over late, scoring the team’s final eight points in the 115-110 win. The Heat lost their first game of their three-game homestand to the struggling Detroit Pistons by 20 points, so I advice the Heat not take the Spurs lightly, despite their record.

Believe it or not, the Spurs have been a worse road team than the Heat this season, sporting the league’s worst road NET Rating (-12.7) while surrendering 121.3 points per 100 possessions in such games, over two points more than the next-worst team.

San Antonio snapped their 11-game losing streak on Thursday, beating the Houston Rockets 118-109 behind 32 points from Keldon Johnson and 26 points from Tre Jones. Let’s see if Miami can continue to build momentum heading into a four-game win streak against a team they should — in theory — beat (badly).

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — PROBABLE
  • Jamal Cain (G-League) — OUT
  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — PROBABLE
  • Nikola Jovic (G-League) — OUT
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — PROBABLE
  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — PROBABLE
  • Max Strus (shoulder) — PROBABLE
  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — OUT
  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — OUT

SAN ANTONIO:

  • Dominick Barlow (G-League) — OUT
  • Keita Bates-Diop (foot) — OUT
  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — OUT
  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — OUT
  • Devin Vassell (knee) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Blake Wesley (MCL) — OUT

Projected Starters (at time of publishing):

KNICKS: HEAT:
KNICKS: HEAT:
Jalen Brunson G Kyle Lowry
Quentin Grimes G Tyler Herro
RJ Barrett F Jimmy Butler
Julius Randle F Caleb Martin
Jericho Sims C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: Bally Sports Sun

TIPOFF: 5:00 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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