GAME PREVIEW: Miami Heat hosts the best Phoenix Suns in the NBA

HISTORY OF THE GAME

The last time the Miami Heat (44-22) faced the Phoenix Suns (52-13), Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson combined for 60 points off the bench as the Heat earned a 23-point win at Phoenix.

Now Miami has found itself on the verge of full health and the Suns are without All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Either way, the Suns haven’t slowed down much and they got a win in Orlando last night.

The Heat welcomed Victor Oladipo to the roster on Monday when he scored 11 points and had 4 assists in 15 minutes of action. It is believed that he will have the same number of distribution minutes in this match, with approximately two periods of 6 to 8 minutes. Upon his return, Gabe Vincent and Max Strus were dropped from the rotation, a sacrifice for which Oladipo thanked them after the game.

If Devin Booker is still out (which isn’t certain he might be available for this game), then the Heat will have a good chance of winning this one. However, the Suns aren’t built solely around Paul and Booker. They have a solid core of players who know how to score and contribute. DeAndre Ayton is the type of tall that will give Bam Adebayo problems because of his length.

This is my KEY MATCH for this game. First, the Heat need to limit who gets switched to Ayton. Sure, Adebayo and probably Tucker can muscle with him, but even Butler and the others are going to be overpowered if they drop the ball deep to him. On the other end of the floor, Bam must be too involved in the DHOs to see how Ayton reacts, because if he plays down coverage, the Heat can burn the Suns.

The Heat are playing well right now, I like their chances in this game no matter who is playing. This is Miami’s 3rd game of a 7 game homestand.

the ODDS for the game, have the heat at -7.5 on the spread.

Game details

HEAT SUNS
HEAT SUNS
Wednesday 03/09/2022
7:30 p.m. FTX Arena
ODDS: Heat 72%

Game details

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Markieff Morris: out (neck)
  • Javonte Smart: output (two-way)
  • Kyle Guy: out (out and back)
  • Caleb Martin: Doubtful (Achilles)

PHOENIX:

  • Chris Paul: out (thumb)
  • Dario Saric: absent (ACL injury)
  • Frank Kaminsky: out (knee)
  • Cam Johnson: questionable (quadruple)
  • Devin Booker: questionable (H&S protocols)

CALENDAR

Projected starters

suns Position Heat
suns Position Heat
Cameron Payne PG Kyle Lowry
Devin Booker SG Duncan Robinson
Mikal Bridges SF Jimmy Butler
Jae Crowder PF P.J. Tucker
DeAndre Ayton VS Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: Bally Sports Sun, ESPN
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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