Projected starters for the game:
PG: M. Carter Williams PG: Tyler Johnson
SG: Khris Middleton SG: Dwyane Wade (TBD)
SF: G. Antetokounmpo SF: Luol Deng
PF: Jabari Parker PF: Chris Bosh
C: Greg Monroe C: Hassan Whiteside
After a season long six game road trip, the Miami Heat (23-18) head home for a home game against the Milwaukee Bucks (18-25). The Heat look to get back in the win column before heading back out on the road for another long road trip.
The Heat lost their last game at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-74 on Sunday night. Coming off the road trip out west, the Heat lost four out of the six games they played. All four losses came against teams who are currently in the playoffs.
In the first half of those losses, the Heat kept the game close while looking extremely competitive. 2nd half lapses, most noticeably in the 3rd quarter, gave the opposing teams breathing room and eventually the win.
Coming into the season the biggest question concerning the Heat was that of the injury bug. On paper, this team was constructed with the short-term mindset of winning now. An old team with a multitude of players with lots of mileage, the Heat have been relatively healthy this year until recently.
Chris Anderson, Beno Udrih, Josh McRoberts and Goran Dragic are all ruled out for the game tonight. Dwyane Wade and Gerald Green are listed as game time decisions.
Headed into this game, the Heat have been a solid team at home posting a respectable 15-8 record so far this season. The Bucks have been one of the worst teams on the road this season with an 6-18 record so far this season.
On paper against a team that has shown they struggle a lot on the road, the Heat should be able to use this game to get back on track. But the shorthanded roster mixed with their recent struggles against the Bucks makes this a tougher game.
This game to be contested at American Airlines Arena tonight is not necessarily a must win for the Heat. But before heading out on another long road trip against several tough teams, the Heat need a good game to get some momentum. In an Eastern Conference, which has been relatively close all season, continued losses could put this team in a position they don’t want to be in.