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GAME PREVIEW: Heat return home to face Pelicans

Heat return home looking to get back on track!

Miami Heat v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Four days after picking up arguably their most dominant victory of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans in The Big Easy, the Miami Heat return home to face those same Pelicans on Sunday inside Miami-Dade Arena at 3:30 ET.

Miami’s victory over the Pelicans was its only win against New Orleans over their three-game road trip, capped by a 115-90 loss against the Dallas Mavericks — who had the NBA’s 25th-ranked defense heading into the game — on Friday. Against Dallas, Miami shot 47.8 percent from the floor, but just 4-of-20 from distance while getting outscored by 42 points from 3-point range alone.

Victor Oladipo was Miami’s only real positive, finishing with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting with a pair of triples.

New Orleans, who’s lost three straight and four of its last five, suffered a 123-110 loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday. They’re 9-14 in road games this season.

INACTIVE/INJURIES:

MIAMI:

  • Udonis Haslem (achilles) — PROBABLE
  • Nikola Jovic (back) — OUT
  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — OUT
  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — OUT

NEW ORLEANS:

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — OUT
  • E.J. Liddell (ACL recovery) — OUT
  • Naji Marshall (toe) — DOUBTFUL
  • Dereon Seabron (G-League) — OUT
  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — OUT

PROJECTED STARTING 5:

Projected Starters (at time of publishing):

BUCKS: HEAT:
BUCKS: HEAT:
Jrue Holiday G Gabe Vincent
Grayson Allen G Tyler Herro
Pat Connaughton F Jimmy Butler
Giannis Antetokounmpo F Caleb Martin
Brook Lopez C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO:

Tipoff: 3:30 PM EST

TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass

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

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

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