clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Game Preview: Miami Heat head to Cleveland looking to bounce back

Miami is 2-3 in Cleveland against the Cavs since Jimmy Butler was acquired.

NBA: Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Game Story:

The 28-23 Miami Heat are in for a tough match up on the road tonight against the 21-21 Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami and Cleveland currently sit at 6th and 5th place, respectively. They are trailing Cleveland by only 2.5 games, and a big win tonight could help gain some traction in the standings. As well as bouncing back from their disappointing loss in Charlotte that took place on Sunday.

Over the years, Miami has indeed struggled against Cleveland on the road. Since Jimmy Butler has arrived in Miami the team sports a 2-3 record playing in the Cavs house. Some of those losses were 20+ point ones as well.

For the Heat to pull off the upset against the higher seed team, they need to to do it on the defensive end. That means containing the all star talents of both Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. Also keeping the big guys in Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley off the glass. With a front court combination like that, it is going to take a team effort in both defensive and offensive rebounding.

That starts with Bam Adebayo but also Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin to get involved on the boards. Matchup wise, this is what to expect:

Jimmy Butler was initially listed as questionable with some quadriceps issues, but he was just recently deemed good to go. The only question mark in the Heat’s rotation is the availability of back up guard Gabe Vincent, who is still listed as questionable with right ankle inflammation. He should be more of a game-time decision.

Injury Report:


  • Gabe Vincent, questionable
  • Jamal Cain, out (g-league)
  • Nikola Jovic, out
  • Duncan Robinson, out
  • Omer Yurtseven, out


  • Kevin Love, probable
  • Dylan Windler, out

Probable Starters:


  • Jimmy Butler
  • Caleb Martin
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Tyler Herro
  • Kyle Lowry


  • Isaac Okoro
  • Evan Mobley
  • Jarett Allen
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Darius Garland

ODDS (via FanDuel)

Check the odds out at FanDuel!

Broadcast Info:

Tipoff: 7:00 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)

Come back to Hot Hot Hoops at game time to join our GameThread and chat about the game live with other Heat fans!