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GAME PREVIEW: Heat and Warriors clash in Miami

The Miami Heat will look to bounce back when they host the Golden State Warriors.

Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

GAME STORY

The last time the Miami Heat (47-25) have are facing another opponent without their best player as the Golden State Warriors (47-25) visit.

As you can see by the records, a win here would bring Miami ahead of the Warriors, which could be important if this were to be an NBA Finals matchup. The Warriors are playing without Steph Curry, but the Heat also just lost to the Sixers without Joel Embiid and James Harden.

The Warriors may also rest Draymond Green and Klay Thompson as they also played last night in Orlando, but that is yet to be determined. The Warriors were outscored 29-16 in the 4th and lost 94-90 to the Magic. They are 6-12 in their last 18 games. Golden State still offers plenty of things the Heat will need to deal with as Jordan Poole is a lot to handle and Andrew Wiggins always seems to play well against Miami.

If Green doesn’t play, the Heat will have a much easier way of getting to the things they want on offense, especially with Duncan Robinson dribble hand-offs. But Green is a smart defender who knows how to limit those open looks by removing the drop coverage. The Heat played well against the Warriors in California before Jimmy Butler went down with an injury.

Miami is beginning a 4-game homestand with this game as they have 10 games remaining in the regular season.

Eastern Conference Finals Schedule

GAME DATE MATCHUP TIME TV
GAME DATE MATCHUP TIME TV
Game 1 Tuesday, May 17 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 2 Thursday, May 19 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 3 Saturday, May 21 Miami @ Boston 8:30 p.m. ET ABC
Game 4 Monday, May 23 Miami @ Boston 8:30 p.m. ET ABC
Game 5* Wednesday, May 25 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 6* Friday, May 27 Miami @ Boston 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 7* Sunday, May 29 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game Details

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Javonte Smart: out (two-way)
  • Kyle Guy: out (two-way)
  • Caleb Martin: questionable (knee)
  • Tyler Herro: questionable (knee)
  • Jimmy Butler: questionable (ankle)
  • Victor Oladipo: questionable: (back)

GOLDEN STATE:

  • Steph Curry: out (foot)
  • Andre Iguodala: out (back)
  • James Wiseman: out (knee)
  • Klay Thompson: questionable (B2B)
  • Draymond Green: questionable (B2B)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Marcus Smart PG Kyle Lowry
Derrick White SG Tyler Herro
Jaylen Brown SF Max Strus
Jayson Tatum PF Caleb Martin
Al Horford C Bam Adebayo

ODDS

Betway has the Heat at -117 favorites with a -6.5 spread over the visiting Warriors.

BROADCAST INFO

TV: 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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