What to know about tonight’s game: Heat look to move closer to clinching sixth in East vs. Knicks

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) looks to pass the ball as New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn (9) defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won the game 119-98. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

MIAMI HEAT AT NEW YORK KNICKS

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WRTO 98.3 FM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 43-36, New York 27-51

Line: Miami favored by nine points

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic

Knicks

F: Michael Beasley

F: Lance Thomas

C: Kyle O’Quinn

G: Trey Burke

G: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Scouting report: Miami will be without Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery). Even though Dwyane Wade (right elbow, left wrist), Goran Dragic (left knee, left ankle) and James Johnson (left ankle) missed Wednesday’s win over the Hawks with minor injuries, they are not listed on the injury report for Friday’s game. … The Knicks are 4-23 over their past 27 games. … New York is 4-19 since Kristaps Porzingis went down with a season-ending knee injury. … The Knicks are ranked 23rd out of 30 teams in defensive rating this season, but they have posted the league’s worst defensive rating over the past 23 games without Porzingis. … The Heat have posted a 13-8 record since the All-Star break, with five of those losses coming in overtime. … Miami is ranked sixth in defensive rating this season, allowing 103.6 points per 100 possessions. … Since Dwyane Wade was traded to the Heat on Feb. 8, Miami’s bench has averaged a league-high 48.1 points per game. … The Heat, which have already clinched a playoff spot, enters Friday in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. … The Heat have won two of their three matchups with the Knicks this season, including a 119-98 victory on March 21 in Miami.

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