GAME PREVIEW: Heat look to continue three-game win streak against Hawks

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The Heat have won three straight games after starting 1-4–can they extend it against the Atlanta Hawks? (Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Miami Heat will play the second of their four-game road trip against the Atlanta Hawks Saturday evening in the first leg of a back-to-back, hoping to keep their three-game winning streak alive.

After beginning the season 1-4, the Heat have rattled off three straight wins against the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and, most recently, the Memphis Grizzlies. Though Saturday’s contest will be without two of their best offensive players in Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler.

Herro suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain in Wednesday’s 108-102 win over the Grizzlies. He will be in a walking boot for 10 days and won’t be re-evaluated in two weeks; thus, he will likely miss the next 3-4 weeks of action. Butler will also be absent tonight with a personal family, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reported Saturday morning.

 

The Heat currently own the fourth-worst offense leaguewide, posting 107.5 points per 100 possessions, but sink to by far the worst offensive in the league when Herro’s not on the floor. The absence of Butler doesn’t help mitigate matters much, either.

The Hawks, who are 5-3 with head coach Quin Snyder in his first full season with the organization, have the fifth-best offense and the No. 19 defense–equating to the ninth-best NET Rating (4.4) to the Heat’s -minus-2.1 NET (18th). Atlanta’s coming off a thrilling 120-119 win over the Orlando Magic in Mexico City Thursday.

The last time Miami and Altanta squared off was in the play-in tournament last April, where the Hawks earned a 116-105 win after corralling 22 offensive rebounds–including 14 in the second half. Miami went 3-1 against Atlanta in the regular season, with its lone loss coming in Atlanta on Jan. 16 (121-113).

Can Miami earn its fourth straight win, even without Butler and Herro? It’s not going to be easy, but it is doable.

Injury Report:

Miami Heat:

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — OUT
  • R.J. Hampton (two-way) — OUT
  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — OUT
  • Nikola Jovic (illness) — PROBABLE
  • Caleb Martin (knee) — OUT

Atlanta Hawks:

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — OUT
  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — OUT
  • Seth Lundy (two-way) — OUT
  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Miles Norris (two-way) — OUT

Projected Starting 5:

Miami Heat:

  • Kyle Lowry, G
  • Duncan Robinson, G/F
  • Jaime Jaquez Jr., F
  • Haywood Highsmith, F
  • Bam Adebayo, C

Atlanta Hawks:

  • Trae Young, G
  • Dejounte Murray, G
  • DeAndre Hunter, F
  • Jalen Johnson, F
  • Clint Capela, C

Betting Lines (at the time of this publishing):

  • Hawks -7 (-108)
  • O/U: 225.5 (O: -110; U: -110)
  • ML: Hawks -270, Heat +220

Lines courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

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heat for life

atlantas a mess

heat for life

dru and kyle 2 best players in 4th

heat for life

atl with trey young will never win.he scores alot one on one selfish player

heat for life

good play kyle so smart.ball game

heat for life

lowrys experience helps

heat for life

hh come on dunc that

heat for life

bucks with dame not as good

heat for life

great play dru hes been a diff maker

ManilaHeat

Wait… Jimmy out coz of personal family issues? Shakira giving birth?! lol

heat for life

good one manila your on your a posting game tonight

ManilaHeat

The birdies must be excited they will not be seeing Jimmy. Oh well, go Heat!

Big_guy305

Love the starting lineup with Jimmy out, but ngl this might be a lost to one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA. I hope im wrong, but We gotta either put the clamp down or score blow for blow. Looking forward to seeing some jovic,Cain, and some orob.

SunManFromDogBone

If all else fails, defend the hell out of them! Miami’s best weapon in times of lean offense is strong defense. I can see this group frustrating the hell out of Atlanta.
GO HEAT!!!

Big_guy305

Yes exactly this. They won’t know what hit them because they won’t know who the 2nd, and 3rd scorers are lol. Also just like you said “lean offense is strong defense”.

SunManFromDogBone

Next Man Up!
— Guac-ez and Highsmith both starting.
— It’s time to find out what we have on the bench.
— Time for JRich, Love, Jovic, and Bryant to step it up.
— I wonder what’s going on with Jimmy.
— Too bad Hampton isn’t available. Hopefully, he can shine in Sioux Falls.
GO HEAT!!!

Deadsori(Vincent Quitoriano)

Dont forget ORobinson,Cole Swider and JCain to step up . Especially Cain, I got money on him being the next hidden undrafted gem but its turning out to be Highsmith so this is the time for these guys to show their stuff

SunManFromDogBone

Are Cain, Hampton and Swider with Heat or with Sioux Falls for opening day G League game?
https://basketball.realgm.com/gleague/teams/Sioux-Falls-Skyforce/6/rosters

Last edited 6 months ago by SunManFromDogBone
vagibugi

So no Butler.. I doubt Heat will score 100 points.
Except Dunc will score 30.

SunManFromDogBone

Will also need for Highsmith to go off for 20, Guac-ez for 15, Love for 10 and JRich for 5.

Last edited 6 months ago by SunManFromDogBone
vagibugi

Are you crazy, JRich for 5? He is not exactly MVP, you know.
If he hits the rim occasionally and loose less then 3 balls, we have a chance.

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