Tonight’s matchup: Heat must slow down Blazers’ high-scoring backcourt to extend winning streak

Portland’s Damon Lillard scored 49 points against the Heat in Miami in March.

MIAMI HEAT VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

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

Records: Miami 13-13, Portland 13-13

Line: Miami is favored by 2.5 points.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Kelly Olynyk

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Trail Blazers

F: Evan Turner

F: Al-Farouq Aminu

C: Meyers Leonard

G: CJ McCollum

G: Damian Lillard

Scouting report: Lillard scored 49 points and shot 14-of-21 the last time these teams met, a 115-104 Portland victory in Miami in March. … Portland is coming off a 111-104 loss at Golden State on Monday, a game in which Lillard scored 39 points but shot just 12-of-28. … Lillard and McCollum are among the highest scoring backcourts in the league, Lillard averaging 26.6 points per game (4th) while McCollum is at 21.0. Lillard leads the team with 6.2 assists per game. … The Trail Blazers are seventh in scoring, averaging 101.6 points per game. Their point differential of plus 1.7 is 10th. … Center Jusuf Nurkic has missed two games with a right ankle injury. His status for tonight has not been determined. … Heat Center Hassan Whiteside will miss his seventh straight game (12th overall this season) with a bruised knee. Swingman Rodney McGruder (stress fracture, left leg) and forward Okaro White (left foot facture) are out. … With a victory, Erik Spoelstra ties Pat Riley’s Heat record of 454 wins. … Miami has won two straight, both on the road, holding Brooklyn and Memphis to an average of 85.5 points on 38.9 percent shooting. … The Heat are 5-6 at home, 8-7 on the road. … The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Portland swept the series last season. The Heat have won four of the last five in Miami. … James Johnson had 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists in Portland’s win in March.

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