Tonight’s matchup: Another big man battle highlights Heat’s road trip finale at Pistons

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside celebrates his buzzer-beating game-winning basket in Detroit last March with Goran Dragic. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

MIAMI HEAT VS. DETROIT PISTONS

When: Sunday, 4 p.m.

Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 6-6, Detroit 9-3

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Justise Winslow

F: Josh Richardson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Pistons

F: Reggie Bullock

F: Tobias Harris

C: Andre Drummond

G: Avery Bradley

G: Reggie Jackson

Scouting report: A matchup of two teams trending in the right direction as the Pistons have won four straight and the Heat have prevailed in three of their last four, all on the road. … The Pistons have the eighth stingiest defense, allowing 101.1 ppg, one spot ahead of Miami at 102.3 ppg. Miami’s defensive rating (101.7) is No. 8, four spots ahead of Detroit’s (102.3). … The Heat are coming off an 84-74 victory over Utah in which they held the Jazz to 12.1 percent shooting (4 of 33) in the second half. … The game will feature two traditional big men. Andre Drummond leads the league with 15.5 rebounds per game, while averaging 14.2 points and 1.2 blocks. He is coming off a 16-point, 20-rebound, 7-assist game against Atlanta. … Hassan Whiteside is averaging 15.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. He had eight points and 20 rebounds against Utah. … Drummond averaged 17.3 points and 16.8 rebounds in four games against the Heat last season. … Tobias Harris leads the Pistons with 19.7 points per game. … Whiteside’s tip in with two/tenths of a second to play gave visiting Miami a 97-96 victory over the Pistons last March. … Dion Waiters score 12 of Miami’s final 15 points at Utah and assisted on the other three. He finished with 21 points. … This game marks the end of Miami’s six-game road trip. They are 3-2. … This is the first season the Pistons are playing in their new downtown arena.

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