What to know about tonight’s game: In middle of East playoff race, eighth-place Heat set to face ninth-place Pistons

Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) drives against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Detroit. The Pistons defeated the Heat 111-107. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT PISTONS AT MIAMI HEAT

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WQBA 1140AM (Spanish)

Records: Detroit 29-33, Miami 32-30

Line: Heat favored by 5.5 points

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Pistons

F: James Ennis III

F: Blake Griffin

C: Andre Drummond

G: Reggie Bullock

G: Ish Smith

Heat

F: Justise Winslow

F: Kelly Olynyk

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Josh Richardson

G: Goran Dragic

Scouting report: Miami will be without Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery). Wayne Ellington (left quad contusion) and Tyler Johnson (left quad contusion) are listed as doubtful. Derrick Jones Jr., who has six NBA days remaining on his two-way contract with the Heat, is expected to be on Miami’s active roster against Detroit if Ellington and Johnson are unable to play. … The Pistons will be without Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Jon Leuer (left ankle surgery). … The Pistons are 2-7 over their past nine games, including a 115-106 overtime loss to the Magic in Orlando on Friday. … Blake Griffin is averaging 17.8 points on 39.3 percent shooting to go with 7.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 13 games since being traded to the Pistons on Jan. 29. … The Heat have posted a 3-9 record over their past 12 games. … Miami has nine players averaging at least 10 points per game this season, the most in the NBA (minimum five games played). … Dwyane Wade is averaging 26 points on 61.8 percent shooting in the Heat’s past two games. … The No. 8 Heat are three games ahead of the ninth-place Pistons in the Eastern Conference standings. … The Heat and Pistons have already faced off three times this season, with Detroit winning two of the three games — the Pistons beat the Heat 112-103 in Detroit on Nov. 12, the Heat beat the Pistons 111-104 in Miami on Jan. 3 and the Pistons beat the Heat 111-107 in Detroit on Feb. 3. … The Heat have started their critical five-game homestand with a 2-1 record.

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