Tonight’s matchup: Heat look to end Cavaliers’ win streak, face Dwyane Wade and LeBron James

MIAMI HEAT VS. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

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

Records: Miami 10-9, Cleveland 13-7

Line: Cavaliers favored by 4 points

Dwyane Wade #9 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walk backcourt during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on October 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: Justise Winslow

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Cavaliers

F: LeBron James

F: Jae Crowder

C: Kevin Love

G: J.R. Smith

G: Jose Calderon

Scouting report: The Heat are still without swingman Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and forward Okaro White (left foot surgery). … The Cavaliers will be without Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Isaiah Thomas (right hip), and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain). … Cleveland has won eight straight games since starting the season with a 5-7 record. … The Cavaliers will take on the Heat for their first back-to-back situation since Oct. 28-29. Cleveland defeated the 76ers 113-91 in Philadelphia on Monday night. … Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been dominant this season, averaging 28.6 points on 57.8 percent shooting from the field to go with 8.1 rebounds and 8.5 assists. … Former Heat star Dwyane Wade is averaging 10.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting in a bench role for Cleveland this season. … Miami has won three straight after starting the season with a 7-9 record. The Heat have posted the league’s fifth-best defensive rating during their short win streak, allowing 97.2 points per 100 possessions. … The Heat have connected on 162 3-point field goals this month, already the most during the month of November in team history. Miami is also just 12 short of tying the most 3-pointers made in any month in franchise history, which came when the Heat hit 174 threes in March 2017. … Heat point guard Goran Dragic was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 23.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in three games last week. He shot 52.4 percent, including 57.9 percent on 3-pointers. … Among the 179 players defending eight or more shots per game this season, Heat small forward Josh Richardson is statistically the top one. Richardson is limiting the player he’s guarding to a league-best 33.0 percent shooting, which is 11.8 percent worse than their normal shooting percentage.

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