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GAME PREVIEW: Heat take on the Knicks

The Miami Heat play their first game after the All-Star break on the road against the New York Knicks.

New York Knicks v Miami Heat Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images


The Miami Heat (38-21) are visiting the New York Knicks (25-34) in their first game after the All-Star break. There are plenty of unknowns as injury reports have been absent for a while, but regardless, the Heat should have their main weapons against a team they beat pretty good down in Miami.

And yet the NBA is putting them on national television again as this one is on ESPN. Miami, with the second best record in the East after last night’s Chicago Bulls victory put them on top, is beginning a stretch of games against really quality opponents after the weekend, so a good start here is key.

New York just shut down Kemba Walker for the rest of the season. This game will be one where the Heat will need to shoot the ball well to keep the Knicks defense honest and it will be won by Miami imposing their will defensively.

One thing the Heat should look to take advantage of is Mitchel Robinson in PnRs because he tends to play drop coverage which is a poor decision against any of the Heat’s shooters in a Bam handoff.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 60% chance to win the game.




  • Victor Oladipo: out (knee; surgery rehab)
  • Markieff Morris: out (neck)


  • Kemba Walker: out (decision)
  • Derrick Rose: doubtful (ankle)
  • RJ Barrett: questionable (ankle)
  • Nerlens Noel: questionable (foot)


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


TV: ESPN, 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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