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GAME PREVIEW: Can Heat get bounce back against Hawks?

The Heat have lost six of their last seven.

Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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 Starters (at time of publishing):

Knicks Position Heat
Knicks Position Heat
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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