Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat Preview
The Miami Heat have been hovering near the top of the Eastern Conference regardless of all of the injuries they have suffered this season. Tonight. they host a fellow Southeast Division team in the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat and Hawks are currently at opposite ends of the division rankings.
The Heat are 17-6 and are third in the East. They’ve won their last two games, are 7-3 in their last 10 and are a perfect 10-0 at AmericanAirlines Arena. They are also 4-0 in division play. The Hawks, meanwhile, are 6-17 and sit in 13th place in the East. They won their last game, but are 2-8 in their last 10. They are 2-9 on the road, which doesn’t bode well tonight where they’ll be looking to give the Heat their first home loss.
The Heat and Hawks have already faced off twice this season, with their most recent game coming on October 31, with the Heat coming away with the 106-97 win. Kendrick Nunn had his coming out party as the rookie scored 28 points to pace the Heat, while Jabari Parker scored 23 for the Hawks.
Time: 8 PM ET
Arena: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Channel: FSSE-ATL, FSSUN
Hawks: Alex Len (O)
Heat: KZ Okpala, Bam Adebayo, Dion Waiters (Q), Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow (O)
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
The Atlanta Hawks managed to get back in the win column in their last game on Sunday after losing 11 of their last 12 prior to that game.
In their 122-107 win over the Charlotte Hornets, Trae Young led the Hawks with 30 points and nine assists. It was Young’s second consecutive 30-point game after finishing with 39 points and 10 assists in a 130-118 loss against the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday.
It has become evident that it’s going to take more than Young for the Hawks to start piling up some wins unless they are looking to draft in the lottery yet again.
“I hate that feeling when I play good individually, numbers-wise, but we don’t win,” Young said. “Because you can’t enjoy it, especially if you’re a competitor like me.”
On Sunday, six Hawks players scored in double figures. Aside from Young, forward Jabari Parker had 19 points and seven rebounds and Vince Carter, as he has done on a few occasions this season, turned back the clock for a 17-point performance in just 20 minutes of playing time.
Miami Heat Starting Lineup
After dropping a game to fellow Eastern Conference contender Boston last Wednesday, the Heat have won two straight games, a 112-103 win over the Washington Wizards and a 110-105 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Rookie Tyler Herro led the way off the bench with 27 points, but if he’s looking to make a run at the Rookie of the Year Award, Herro has some competition in his own locker room
“I definitely feel like I’m the Rookie of the Year,” Heat undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn said recently. “It’s early, but the way I’ve been performing, definitely, I’m in the running for that.”
Nunn had 18 points on Sunday night against the Bulls and he is currently averaging 15.3 points per game this season.
Jimmy Butler had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win, and big man Bam Adebayo finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Key Player Matchups
Trae Young vs. Kendrick Nunn
Young and Nunn are both exciting young point guards who can shoot, but Young is at a different level. To be fair, Nunn is an undrafted rookie so any comparisons are really unkind at this point in his career, but Young will be tough to stop with his seemingly limitless range.
Jimmy Butler vs. Cam Reddish
So far in his early NBA career, Cam Reddish has proven that some of the analysis on him in the draft was right on. He struggled with consistency, which he has done with Atlanta. He followed a 25-point game with a five-point game recently, and while he looks to have been drafted early, Redish was never considered a day one impact and instead someone that had a ton of upside that would need some development. Tonight, he’ll have a new teacher in Jimmy Butler. Butler will likely teach Reddish more than a few lessons.
Trae Young and Jimmy Butler are fantasy standouts for tonight’s matchup. Young is available for $10.4k and is projected for 43.5 points. Butler often contributes in multiple categories and has been a solid assist man lately. His FanDuel salary is $9.1k and he is projected to notch 44.5 points.
There really aren’t bigger fantasy values in this matchup than rookie Tyler Herro, available for $5.9k for a 26.3 point projection and Jabari Parker, who should provide 29.9 points for his $6.2k salary.
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