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Game Preview: Short handed Miami Heat welcome Giannis and the Bucks tonight

Big game against an Eastern Conference contender

Game Story:

Tonight, Miami is in for a tough one and the first of back to back matchups at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat come into this game at a 22-20 record as the Bucks are coming off a win yesterday in Atlanta with a record now of 27-14.

The Bucks are most likely without the services of their All Star Kris Middleton who has had some knee troubles. Miami is short handed once again, without their star in Tyler Herro, starting PG Kyle Lowry and starting PF Caleb Martin. Those 3 have missed the last couple games now, and it’s unknown when they will be back and ready to go again. All their status’ is day to day.

Dewayne Dedmon will also not be available as he is suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team after his outburst against OKC the other night. On a positive note, Bam Adebayo is probable for tonight and expected to start, allowing Orlando Robinson to pick up some back up big minutes behind Bam.

Availability of players of nothing this team isn’t used to, so expect players like Gabe Vincent, Max Strus and Haywood Highsmith to step up and fill the gaps in the starting 5. Another player to look out for is Victor Oladipo, who is coming off yet another strong performance off the bench. A player of his caliber can add some much needed relief to Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo tonight.

Injury Report:

Heat

  • Bam Adebayo, probable
  • Haywood Highsmith, probable
  • Udonis Haslem, questionable
  • Tyler Herro, out
  • Caleb Martin, out
  • Kyle Lowry, out
  • Nikola Jovic, out
  • Dewayne Dedmon, out
  • Duncan Robinson, out
  • Omer Yurtseven, out

Bucks

  • NOT YET SUBMITTED

Probable Starters:

Heat

  • Jimmy Butler
  • Haywood Highsmith
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Max Strus
  • Gabe Vincent

Bucks

  • Pat Connaughton
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Brook Lopez
  • Grayson Allen
  • Jrue Holiday

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Broadcast Info:

Tipoff: 7:30 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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