Tonight’s matchup: Heat to face Rockets’ 3-point barrage while looking to snap losing streak

Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson drives between Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon and guard James Harden during the Rockets win in Houston in January. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

HOUSTON ROCKETS AT MIAMI HEAT

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

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

Records: Miami 29-25, Houston 39-13

Line: Houston favored by 4.5 points.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Justise Winslow

F: Bam Adebayo

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Josh Richardson

G: Goran Dragic

Rockets

F: Ryan Anderson

F: Luc Mbah a Moute

C: Clint Capela

G: James Harden

G: Chris Paul

Scouting report: The Heat have lost four in a row and with Kelly Olynyk suffering from a strained left shoulder (he is listed as questionable) coach Erik Spoelstra is likely to shake things up by starting Bam Adebayo. Spoelstra said he is open to playing Adebayo and Whiteside together, something they have done for just 36 minutes this season. … Miami is averaging 100.5 points during the losing streak and allowing 104.0 points while the opponents are shooting 46.5 percent. … Justise Winslow scored a season-high 16 points during Monday’s loss to the Magic. … Miami also is without Dion Waiters (left ankle), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and Okaro White (left foot surgery). … The Rockets have the second-best record in the NBA. They are coming off a 123-113 victory in Brooklyn on Tuesday. James Harden scored 36 points. … Harden, the MVP favorite, leads the league with 31.3 points per game, is second with 9.0 assists and averages 5.0 rebounds. Chris Paul is averaging 19.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.4 assists. … Houston is averaging 15.6 3-pointers per game and 42.8 3-point attempts, both league highs. … The Rockets defeated the Heat, 99-90, in Houston last month. Whiteside had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Harden led Houston with 28 points.

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