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The Miami Heat look to win their third straight home game against the Atlanta Hawks. The game will take place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The Heat currently have a record of 28-34, while the Hawks have a record of 22-42.
What’s Happened Before?
The Heat are currently coming off a 28-point win at home against the Brooklyn Nets. The win was led by Kelly Olynyk scoring 25 points. The Heat are currently half a game behind the Orlando Magic who hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Hawks’ most recent game saw their rookie point guard Trae Young ejected against the Chicago Bulls for receiving two technical fouls, the second on being very controversial as all Young did was stare at an opponent. Since the end of the All-Star break Trae Young has averaged 32 points per game and has quickly come into his own after some early season struggles.
What Will Go Down?
This game will mark the fourth and final time the Heat and Hawks play each other this season. It will impact the standings as the Heat make a playoff push and the Hawks find their place in the lottery. Miami will need to continue the great team play they displayed in Brooklyn where they dished out 36 assists as a team. Miami is best when everyone is playing their roles and clicking on all cylinders. Josh Richardson will also look to bounce back for the Heat as he only scored 12 points against the Nets and shot 0-4 from the three-point line.
Though the Hawks are still rebuilding and looking for a high draft pick, they have let Trae Young LOOSE and have seen great results. Coming off a game where he was ejected, Trae Young will have a head of steam coming into this game. He will look to continue his great scoring outbursts since the All-Star break.
Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside (Hip) – Questionable and Goran Dragic (Calf Strain) – Questionable.
Atlanta Hawks: Taurean Prince (Personal) – Out, Miles Plumlee (Left Knee Pain) – Out, Omari Spellman (Left Ankle) – Out, and John Collins (Flu-like Symptoms) – Out,
After the Heat face the Hawks they will travel to Charlotte to face the Hornets Wednesday, March 6th. The Hornets currently hold the ninth seed in the Easter conference and are also only half a game ahead of the Heat. This game will have playoff implications as both teams are fighting for a playoff spot with the season winding down.