Tonight’s matchup: With another chance to get above .500 at home, Heat hoping to carry over success from the road

The Clippers’ Willie Reed shoots surrounded by Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk during the Heat’s win in L.A. this season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS VS. MIAMI HEAT

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

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

Records: Miami 14-14, Clippers 11-16

Line: Miami is favored by 6 points.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: James Johnson

C: Kelly Olynyk

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Clippers

F: Wesley Johnson

F: Jamil Wilson

C: DeAndre Jordan

G: C.J. Williams

G: Milos Teodosic

Scouting report: Both teams played Friday, Miami winning at Charlotte, the Clippers losing at Washington. … The injury-riddled Clippers have been one of the streakiest teams in the league. They had a three-game winning streak snapped by the Wizards. … L.A. is without Blake Griffin (left MCL sprain), Patrick Beverly (right knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (left glute contusion) and Austin Rivers (concussion). … Jordan is second in the league in rebounding with 14.7 per game. He had 19 rebounds to go along with 10 points in the first meeting between the teams this season. … Guard Lou Williams leads the NBA in bench scoring with a 20.1 average. … The Heat defeated the Clippers, 104-101, in L.A. on Nov. 5. Miami led by 25 in the second half, the Clippers rallied to take a two-point lead before Miami recovered and won by making four free throws in the final nine seconds. … Tyler Johnson (19) and Wayne Ellington (17) had big games off the bench for the Heat in the game in L.A. … Johnson is shooting 64.3 percent while averaging 16.7 points in his last six games. … Ellington’s 75 3-pointers is tied for the league lead for the most among bench players. … The Heat are just 5-7 at home and 9-7 on the road. … The Heat played Friday’s game in Charlotte without Hassan Whiteside (left knee bruise) and Justise Winslow (left knee strain). Neither is expected to play against the Clippers. Swingman Rodney McGruder (stress fracture, left leg) and forward Okaro White (left foot facture) also are out.

[Five takeaways: With another big effort from the bench, Heat hold on against Hornets for another road win]

[MRI on Justise Winslow’s left knee negative, Heat  confirm; no timetable on return]

[Could two-big look continue when Hassan Whiteside returns?]

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Former Miami Heat guard Ray Allen eyes Golden State Warriors

Ray Allen, shooting a commercial, is considering a return. (Getty Images)
Ray Allen, shooting a commercial, is considering a return. (Getty Images)

Former Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen is sizing up his options for a possible return to the NBA.

Allen, who turns 41 in two weeks, left the league after playing for Miami in the 2014 Finals. His most memorable moment for the Heat, by far, was his game-tying 3-pointer in Game 6 of The Finals in 2013. That kept the team alive, and it followed by taking down the Spurs in Game 7.
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2016 NBA free agents: Four tempting scenarios for Dwyane Wade

Does Wade love James enough to go to Cleveland? (Getty Images)
Does Wade love James enough to go to Cleveland? (Getty Images)

As usual, there’s almost no chance Dwyane Wade leaves Miami this summer. Almost.

With the end of his career looming, this is one of Wade’s final opportunities to explore anything else that entices him. He’s never given voice to any dream of playing somewhere else, but here are four possibilities that must’ve crossed his mind as we near July 1:
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2016 NBA free agency: Where will Luol Deng sign?

Would Luol Deng gamble on the up and coming Timberwolves? (Getty Images)
Would Luol Deng gamble on the up and coming Timberwolves? (Getty Images)

It’s hard to predict much about the Heat’s free agency endeavor considering no one knows what Kevin Durant will do and they have complicated situations trying to retain Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade.

Luol Deng looks like he might be more of a contingency than a priority in Miami’s plan, despite him saying his preference is to return and Pat Riley calling him “one of our core people.” If that doesn’t work out, here are the top four destinations for Deng:
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