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Game Preview: Miami Heat to begin 6 game homestand, host 76ers in back to back rematch

PJ Tucker makes his Miami return inside Miami-Dade Arena.

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Game Story:

The 33-29 Miami Heat begin a critical 6 game home stand tonight in South Beach. The team is set for a back to back game rematch with the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that Miami defeated on the road 101-99 two nights ago. Heat Nation witnessed a playoff-type Jimmy Butler performance, as his near triple double effort helped secure the much needed bounce back win. The victory snapped a 4 game losing streak and the team hopes to start gaining a bit of momentum again in the rematch tonight.

A big clutch win against an Eastern Conference contender was exactly what this squad needed. It will be important how Miami starts the game off in front of their home fans this evening. The Heat jumped to an early lead on Monday and were hitting their three point shots early. They will look to replicate that formula for this rematch. The injury reports for both teams are pretty much the same as the other night, with the addition of Max Strus on Miami’s report who is listed as questionable with right ankle soreness.

Dewayne Dedmon, now a 76er, will be sitting this one out again due to injury. So Heat fans will not be able to witness a Dedmon reunion just yet. However, PJ Tucker is going to be available and starting, making his first return to the Miami arena since his free agency departure to join the rival Philadelphia team. Kyle Lowry, who was initially listed as questionable on Monday and seemed to be ready to return to this Miami lineup, ended up sitting out.

The story remains the same two days later, as Lowry is listed as out and still not quite ready. As for Omer Yurtseven and Nikola Jovic, they have progressed in their recovery stage and are now getting in some 5 on 5 work for the Skyforce g-league team.

Monday night’s Heat and 76ers game was filled with lots of competitiveness that lead to yet another clutch game. Miami ended up on the right side of the victory and closed it out. I fully expect this game to be another good one.

Injury Report:


  • Kevin Love, probable
  • Max Strus, questionable
  • Kyle Lowry, out
  • Jamal Cain, out
  • Omer Yurtseven, out
  • Nikola Jovic, out


  • Dewayne Dedmon, out
  • Louis King, out
  • Mac McClung, out
  • Jaden Springer, out

Probable Starters:


  • Jimmy Butler
  • Kevin Love
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Tyler Herro
  • Gabe Vincent


  • Tobias Harris
  • PJ Tucker
  • Joel Embiid
  • James Harden
  • De’Anthony Melton

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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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