GAME PREVIEW: Miami Heat conclude 3 game road trip against Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks

The Miami Heat are coming off dropping two straight games in back to back nights against the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves over the weekend.

Tonight, yet another big test approaches with a matchup against Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The game will conclude Miami’s 3 game road trip.

The Heat will be getting back two of their starters who sat out on Saturday night in Minnesota. Jimmy Butler didn’t play for rest, as Kevin Love didn’t play with a sore shoulder.

Butler is off the injury report and ready to go, as Love is currently listed as probable.

The first time facing Milwaukee for Butler since averaging a monstrous series stat-line of 37.6 PPG, 6.0 RBS and 4.8 ASSTS on route to a first round upset and gentleman sweep a few months ago.

A big storyline for this game is what the potential performance from Lillard will look like.

Every NBA fan knows about the long drawn out Lillard saga that took place over the summer, where the superstar point guard requested to specifically be traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Miami Heat.

Portland did not respect or accommodate their 11 year franchise player’s request, and now here we are watching him rep a rival Eastern Conference contender’s jersey instead.

Lillard had some comments ahead of the matchup.

It will also be a great opportunity for Tyler Herro, who’s name was heavily rumored to be thrown around in those Lillard trade talks.

Last playoffs, Herro was balling out in game 1 in Milwaukee before going down with that season ending hand injury.

He is still trying to prove just how valuable he is as a player to this team and showcase his development.

The Heat will have to try to limit and slow down that Lillard/Antetokounmpo superstar combo; arguably the greatest duo in the entire association statistically.

Besides that, they need to keep their main supporting guys in check offensively as well. Kris Middleton and Brook Lopez are two guys who can also fill up that stat sheet real quick.

Love’s return to the lineup should help with Lopez’s rebounding.

Tonight’s game is set to tip off at 8:00 PM ET on Bally Sports Florida.

Injury Report (at the time of this publishing):

Miami Heat:

  • Haywood Highsmith (knee) — OUT
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) — Probable
  • Josh Richardson (foot) — Doubtful
  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Doubtful

Milwaukee Bucks: 


Projected Starting 5:

Miami Heat:

  • Kyle Lowry, G
  • Tyler Herro, G
  • Jimmy Butler, F
  • Kevin Love, F
  • Bam Adebayo, C

Milwaukee Bucks:

  • Damian Lillard, G
  • Malik Beasley, G
  • Kris Middleton, G/F
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, F
  • Brook Lopez, C

Betting Lines (at the time of this publishing):

Broadcast Info:

  • Tipoff: 8:00 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)

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No Bam? 😳


Tyler drops 40…to continue what he left from last seasons rd1. Go Heat!


Going in depleted. We have enough 😉


The seasonal match ups are stages for home court advantage and “bragging rights”. Today’s match up believe it or not, maybe more important for Cronin than for both teams.


This will be an incredible game. Only Portland games will be more interesting.


More interesting to who?


to me….

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