After last night’s heartbreaking defeat to the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat will look to bounce back at home against the Atlanta Hawks inside Miami-Dade Arena, where the Heat have lost three straight games, on Saturday.
Despite Jimmy Butler’s remarkable 33-point performance, Julius Randle’s dominant 43-point outing — including a last-second heave — en route to the Knicks’ 122-120 win over the Heat, who have lost six of their last seven games.
The Hawks, who will also be playing on a second-night of a back-to-back, is coming off a 129-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the second game of Quin Snyder’s head coaching career with Atlanta. Dejounte Murray strung together a season-high 41 points, five rebounds and six assists in last night’s win, shooting 17-of-22 from the floor with five 3-pointers.
Miami and Atlanta are now a half-game within each other in the play-in race; a win on Saturday would reward Atlanta the No. 7 seed. Miami is currently 2.5 games back of the Brooklyn Nets for the sixth-and-final non play-in spot.
The Heat are 2.5-point favorites ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
Note: Miami and Atlanta have yet to submit both of their injury reports at the time of this publishing.
PROJECTED STARTING 5:
Projected Starters (at time of publishing):
|Jalen Brunson||PG||Gabe Vincent|
|Quentin Grimes||SG||Tyler Herro|
|RJ Barrett||SF||Jimmy Butler|
|Julius Randle||PF||Kevin Love|
|Mitchell Robinson||C||Bam Adebayo|
Tipoff: 8:00 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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