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Records: Miami 18-16, Brooklyn 12-22
Line: Miami is favored by 6.5 points.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
F: Josh Richardson
F: Kelly Olynyk
C: Hassan Whiteside
G: Tyler Johnson
G: Goran Dragic
F: DeMarre Carroll
F: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
C: Tyler Zeller
G: Allan Crabbe
G: Spencer Dinwiddie
Scouting report: The Heat defeated the Nets in their only other meeting this season, 101-89, three weeks ago in Mexico City. Miami has won six straight and 11-of-12 against Brooklyn. … The Nets have lost 7-of-8 and are 5-12 on the road. … Brooklyn is the fourth worst defensive in the league, allowing 110.7 points per game. … The Nets bench scored 80 points in their last game, a 128-113 loss at New Orleans. … The Nets are without guards Jeremy Lin (knee) and D’Angelo Russell (knee). … Miami still is missing Dion Waiters (sprained left ankle), Justise Winslow (strained left knee), James Johnson (right ankle bursitis), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and Okaro White (left foot surgery). … Miami has won 7-of-10, averaging 110.5 points while shooting .475 and giving up 95.4 points on .441 shooting during the 10 games. … Josh Richardson is averaging 17.8 points and shooting 47.5 percent from three-point range in December
There was a gasp throughout AmericanAirlines Arena when Justise Winslow went down hard late in the win over Brooklyn on Monday, banging his right knee, and headed to the locker room.
The initial assessment is that he’s fine and should not miss any time. Winslow thought he could have stayed in the game, but opted to get it looked at as a precaution.
“I felt like I could at least walk it off, but there were three minutes left and we were up 13,” said Winslow, who has been dealing with tendinitis in that knee. “The win was pretty much in the bag, so I just went back and got it checked out by docs.”
The Heat will do a brief run up the West Coast, playing at the Lakers on Wednesday, followed by a back-to-back against Sacramento and Portland starting Friday.
“It’s nothing major,” he said. “I should be ready to go by the road trip.”