What to know about tonight’s matchup: Heat look to get back on track vs. Nets in Mexico City

MIAMI HEAT VS. BROOKLYN NETS

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City

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

Records: Miami 11-13, Brooklyn 10-14

Line: Heat favored by 2 points

Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Quincy Acy #13 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first half during their Pre Season game at Barclays Center on October 5, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Kelly Olynyk

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Nets

F: DeMarre Carroll

F: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

C: Tyler Zeller

G: Allen Crabbe

G: Spencer Dinwiddie

Scouting report: The Heat are still without swingman Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and forward Okaro White (left foot surgery). Center Hassan Whiteside will also miss Saturday’s game due to a bone bruise on his left knee. … The Nets will be without guards Jeremy Lin (ruptured patella tendon in right knee) and D’Angelo Russell (arthroscopic knee surgery) because of injuries. … Brooklyn didn’t record its 10th win until March 1 last season. But the Nets didn’t need to wait so long this season, as they earned their 10th victory on Thursday. … Brooklyn is playing at the third-fastest pace in the NBA this season, averaging 104.79 possessions over 48 minutes. By comparison, Miami ranks 21st in pace with 98.49 possessions over 48 minutes. … The Nets acquired center Jahlil Okafor, guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round draft pick from the 76ers on Thursday in exchange for forward/center Trevor Booker. … The Heat have lost four of their past five games. During this five-game stretch, Miami has posted the league’s third-worst defensive rating. … The Heat are 3-6 without Whiteside this season. … Heat point guard Goran Dragic is averaging 9.6 points on 34.0 percent shooting over his past five games. Those numbers are way down from his season averages of 17.2 points and 45.2 percent shooting.

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