The Miami Heat (51-28) are returning from an impressive three-game road trip that included three wins over quality East playoff teams. Now, they are inching closer to locking in the #1 seed in the East.
The Charlotte Hornets (40-38) have locked in a spot in the play-in tournament but are still battling to have the right seeding there. The Hornets are tied with the Nets, but hold the tie-breaker and sit in the 9th spot. They are 1 game back of the 8th seed. So they have a lot to play for as they wrap up their season and hope to give themselves a better chance of making the playoffs.
Charlotte lost by 30 points to the 76ers on Saturday. They have an extra day of rest on Miami, who will be without Kyle Lowry in this game. Jimmy Butler will return after missing the last game as well. The Heat are 12-2 when Max Strus starts for them and he has shifted the way the Heat are spacing the floor.
The Hornets are one of the top ball-moving teams in the NBA, averaging 27.8 APG which is 2nd in the NBA. That’s led by the constant pressure from LaMelo Ball, a first-time All-Star. The Heat will have to keep the Hornets out of transition. And they’ll have to do it likely without head coach Erik Spoelstra again.
The Heat are 3-0 against the Hornets this season.
Eastern Conference Finals Schedule
|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|
- Caleb Martin: questionable (calf)
- Kyle Lowry: questionable (rest)
- PJ Tucker: questionable (knee)
- Gabe Vincent: out (toe)
- Markieff Morris: questionable (hip
- Dewayne Dedmon: questionable (ankle)
|Reggie Jackson||PG||Kyle Lowry|
|Paul George||SG||Tyler Herro|
|Kawhi Leonard||SF||Jimmy Butler|
|Marcus Morris Sr.||PF||Caleb Martin|
|Ivica Zubac||C||Bam Adebayo|
FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat an 77% chance to win the game.
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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