Tonight’s matchup: Heat, Nuggets meet with both teams looking to make move in playoff races

Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives past Heat guard Goran Dragic during Denver’s victory in November. (David Zalubowski/AP)

DENVER NUGGETS AT MIAMI HEAT

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

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

Records: Miami 37-33, Denver 38-32

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: James Johnson

F: Josh Richardson

C: Bam Adebayo

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic

Nuggets

F: Wilson Chandler

F: Paul Millsap

C: Nikola Jokic

G: Gary Harris

G: Jamal Murray

Scouting report: The Nuggets are among seven teams fighting for the final five playoff spots in the West. … Denver is ninth, 1.5 games behind Minnesota. … Gary Harris leads the Nuggets with 17.7 points per game. Nikola Jokic is averaging 17.2 points and 10.5 rebounds. … Denver has the ninth rated offense in the NBA with 109.0 points per 100 possessions. … The Nuggets defense has the ninth-worst rating at 108.6. … The Nuggets have lost 2 of 3, both losses on the road, including at Memphis on Saturday. … Denver is 11-21 on the road. … The teams meet for the second and final time this season. Denver defeated Miami, 95-94, in early November. … The Heat will be without Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Hassan Whiteside (hip). … The Heat play eight of their final 12 games at home. … Goran Dragic is averaging 28.7 points on 55.4 percent shooting the last three games.

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