Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets Preview
While the Miami Heat have officially been eliminated from the playoffs and the Brooklyn Nets have clinched a postseason berth, there is one reason you should be sure to watch tonight’s Heat-Nets game – witnessing Dwyane Wade’s last NBA game should not be missed, especially after the goodbye performance he gave to the home crowd in Miami last night.
Wade and the Heat ended their skid with a win last night, and they are 39-42 on the season and 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets have won two consecutive games and are 41-40 on the season. They are currently tied with the Orlando Magic but hold the tiebreaker for the sixth seed and are one game in front of the Detroit Pistons. Brooklyn is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
In their last game, back on March 2, the Heat routed the Nets 117-88. Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 25 points, while Joe Harris had 15 for the Nets.
Time: 8:00pm ET
Arena: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Channel: FSSUN, WWOR
Miami Heat Starting Lineup
The Miami Heat dropped four consecutive games that put them out of playoff contention, but they were able to get a big win last night in Miami in Dwyane Wade’s curtain call in Wade County. They got the 122-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers as Wade made the start and pulled out another magical performance, leaving a lasting impression of Heat fans, teammates and coaches alike.
“I’m still just amazed, even after all these years,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I’ve seen him go into his bag of tricks so many times and just compartmentalize. But I’m truly amazed that he was able to perform like that tonight.”
Wade finished with a game-high 30 points, starting the game and his scoring with a dunk, and playing as he always has, scoring when the opportunities presented themselves and knocking in a few late-game threes to put a bow on it.
Bam Adebayo finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds, Justise Winslow added 16 and Hassan Whiteside came off the bench for 15 points and nine rebounds.
Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
The Brooklyn Nets can finally celebrate as the young upstart team has made it to the postseason. Some big wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers over the weekend were exactly what they needed to secure their spot, but they still know there’s a game left to be played before they get into playoff mode.
“To be honest, it is a big moment for us and a big moment for the organization, from where we’ve come from in the last couple of years, the improvement that we’ve had individually and collectively,” Nets guard Joe Harris said. “Just to clinch a playoff spot, it’s a big moment for the organization for sure, and we’re all very happy. But at the same time, we still have Miami left to finish out the year the right way, and we still want to make some noise in the playoffs and make it competitive.”
The Nets are currently slated for a first-round matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, but that could change based on what happens in their game tonight, and Orlando’s game.
In their 108-96 win over the Pacers on Sunday, the Nets relied on their backcourt pairing of D’Angelo Russell and Harris, who had 20 and 19 points apiece. Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie continue to be go-to players in the second unit, and they finished with 18 and 12 points respectively.
Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
The Nets are 5.5-point favorites to win tonight’s game at home. Brooklyn is 22-18 at Barclays Center and 23-5 as the favorite. The Heat are 20-20 on the road and 18-21 as the underdog.
The over/under is 219 points and the Nets are -230 on the moneyline.
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