GAME PREVIEW: Miami Heat ends road trip against Detroit Pistons

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (17-12) end their road trip tonight against the Detroit Pistons (4-24) at Little Caesars Arena with a first kick-off scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Only one match after beating the Magic of Orlando, the second-worst team in the NBA, the Heat now face the team with the worst overall record. Detroit hasn’t won a game in over a month, a 97-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers on November 17 to improve their record to 4-10.

To make matters worse for the Pistons, leading scorer Jerami Grant is out for several weeks after recently undergoing surgery to repair a torn UCL on his left thumb. Former Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (knee) will also not be available tonight.

Draft No. 1 Cade Cunningham performed well in Grant’s absence, averaging 21.4 points, 5.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds for the month of December.

Miami beat Detroit in their first 100-92 clash of the season on November 23, though it wasn’t easy, even though it took place during the Pistons’ current losing streak. Tyler Herro (who was outscored overnight) led his team with 31 points and eight rebounds as the Heat outscored the Pistons 33-16 in the final quarter to turn the game around from a nine-point deficit and s’ out of it the victory on the road.

What’s concerning is that the Heat struggled to put them away even with Herro, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo all playing that night – a luxury they won’t have today.

CHANCES: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 75% chance of winning the game.

HEAT VS PISTONS: SUNDAY DECEMBER 19 AT 6:00 PM

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo – released (knee; surgical rehabilitation)
  • Markieff Morris – absent (whiplash)
  • Bam Adebayo – out (thumb surgery recovery)
  • Jimmy Butler – outside (tailbone)
  • Caleb Martin – outside (Health & Safety Protocol)
  • Tyler Herro – day to day (quad)
  • Marcus Garrett – Day to Day (Eye)

STRAIT:

  • Jerami Grant – out (thumb)
  • Kelly Olynyk: outside (knee)

ALIGNMENTS

Planned entries

piston Position Heat
piston Position Heat
Cade cunningham PG Kyle lowry
Killian Hayes SG Gabe Vincent
Hamidou Diallo SF Duncan Robinson
Saddiq Bey PF PJ Tucker
Isaiah Stewart VS Dewayne Dedmon

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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