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GAME PREVIEW: Heat travel to Mexico City to face Spurs

Who’s playing, who’s not?

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

A week after suffering a dreadful home loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat conclude their third four-game road trip of the season on Saturday against Gregg Popovich’s squad in Mexico City!

Miami, who’s 6-9 away from home this season, has won three straight over their third four-game road trip, with the wins coming against the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets.

Perhaps the biggest erason has been because of the play of Tyler Herro, who’s lit the net on fire over his last pair of games. Herro has combined for 76 points — 35 points against the Thunder and 41 against Houston, respectively — on a combined 25-of-43 shooting from the floor and 19-of-32 from distance.

After an 11-game losing streak, San Antonio pieced together victories against Houston, Miami and the Cleveland Cavaliers — their second three-game win streak of the season — but lost on Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers, 128-112. Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell has been the Spurs’ biggest contributor over this recent stretch, averaging 25.2 and 15.3 points, respectively, over the team’s last five games.

According to the DraftKings Sportsbook, the Heat are 7.5-point favorites against the Spurs; Miami is a league-worst 9-19-2 ATS this season, including 6-8-1 on the road and 2-4-1 as an away favorite.

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

The Heat hilariously placed all 16 active players on the injury report after getting fined for not ruling “a few probable and questionable players as available or out prior to the tip-off.”

An incredibly petty, yet humorous move — keeping the league/Spurs on their toes! So take this for what you will.

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — PROBABLE
  • Jamal Cain (G-League) — OUT
  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Udonis Haslem (achilles) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — PROBABLE
  • Haywood Highsmith (quad) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Nikola Jovic (back) — PROBABLE
  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — PROBABLE
  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — PROBABLE
  • Orlando Robinson (back) — PROBABLE
  • Max Strus (shoulder) — PROBABLE
  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — OUT
  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — OUT

**exhale**

SAN ANTONIO:

  • Dominick Barlow (G-League) — OUT
  • Malaki Branham (G-League) — OUT
  • Zach Collins (ankle) — PROBABLE
  • Romeo Langford (ankle) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — PROBABLE
  • Josh Richardson (personal) — OUT
  • Blake Wesley (G-League) — 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:

Tipoff: 5:00 PM EST

TV: Bally Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty)

Radio: AM 560 Sports WQAM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson)

Spanish Radio: WAQI 710 AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda)

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