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San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat: Match Preview and Predictions - 15th January 2020

Achyut Dubey
ANALYST
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Modified 15 Jan 2020, 05:00 IST

The Spurs
The Spurs' defense is a cause of concern for Coach Pop.

Match Details

Fixture: San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

Date & Time: Saturday, 15 January 2020 (7:30 PM ET)

Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

Last Game Results

San Antonio Spurs (17-21): 105-104 win over Toronto Raptors (12 January, Sunday)

Miami Heat (27-12): 121-124 loss to New York Knicks (12 January, Sunday)

San Antonio Spurs Preview

Recently, the San Antonio Spurs rallied from 18 down to beat the defending champs, in what was could be a season-changing game for them. They are currently 17-21 (0.447) on the season and have won six of their last ten matchups.

Playing at full strength, the team is shooting over 47% from the field and have beaten three of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference this past week.

Key Player - DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan missed out on an All-Star berth last year.
DeRozan missed out on an All-Star berth last year.

DeMar DeRozan has been averaging 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game to start off his second season in a Spurs uniform. The 30-year-old forward has played an integral role in the San Antonio squad scoring almost 114 points per contest so far this season.

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Moreover, he is shooting a career-high 54% from the floor, despite attempting 16 shots on average. His mid-range game has really taken off in a major way this year, and when coupled with his elite basketball IQ, it makes up for an All-Star caliber talent.

Spurs Predicted Lineup

Trey Lyles, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan, Bryan Forbes


Miami Heat Preview

The Miami Heat were a strong second in the East behind the Milwaukee Bucks, until they dropped one against the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a stunning loss to the lowly New York Knicks only recently.

Their recent slump meant a slip to third spot on the East standings with a sturdy 27-12 (0.692) win-loss record. Nevertheless, Pat Riley and Jimmy Butler have brought the spotlight back to Miami, and the squad looks promising enough to make a deep playoff run.

Key Player - Jimmy Butler

Butler is going all out with his newest team.
Butler is going all out with his newest team.

Jimmy Butler might not be having his highest-scoring season ever, but this might arguably be the most effective year of his entire career. The 10-year veteran is leading a resurgent season down in Miami while averaging a decent 20.7 points per game himself.

Butler is also putting together averages like 5.1 rebounds, 7.1 dimes and 1.9 steals per matchup to go along with his scoring prowess.

Heat Predicted Lineup

Meyers Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn


Spurs vs Heat Match Prediction

The Heat will be desperate to get back in the win column after enduring back-to-back losses. However, their opponents are 6-12 on the road this season and are likely to fall short against the versatility of Miami's roster.

Where to watch Spurs vs Heat?

There will be local coverage of the game on Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports Southwest from 7:30 PM (ET). You can also live stream the game via NBA League Pass.

Published 15 Jan 2020, 05:00 IST
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