2019-20 NBA – Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks taking place? Thursday 31th October, 2019 – 23:00 (UK)

Where is Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks taking place? Philips Arena

What television channel is Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks on? TNT (USA)

Where can I stream Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks? All NBA games are streamed on NBA League Pass (subscription required)

Where can I get tickets for Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Miami Heat 112 – 97 Atlanta Hawks

THE TEAM NEWS

MIAMI HEAT

  • The Miami Heat are coming off a solid 112-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks last time out and they are now 3-1 for the season. It is worth noting that Miami have started the season scoring at will, as they have topped the 100-point mark in every single one of their four matches thus far. Their games currently average 228.0 points.
  • James Johnson (conditioning), Dion Waiters (suspension) and Derrick Jones Jr. (groin) have all been listed as out ahead of this contest, but the status of these three players will be determined closer to tip-off time.
  • Jimmy Butler scored 21 points in his debut with the Heat, but undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn has been one of the team’s best players so far. Through four games, the shooting guard currently averages 21.0 points per game while shooting 48.6 from the field and 44.0% from three-point range.

ATLANTA HAWKS

  • The Hawks will seek revenge on Thursday since their recent contest ended in a 15-point loss against these same opponents. Atlanta are 2-2, but they enter this game on a two-game losing streak. They have also topped the 100-point mark in three of their four games so far.
  • Trae Young suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday and recent reports have indicated the star point guard could be out for around two weeks. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury. Evan Turner (Achilles), Chandler Parsons (knee) and Allen Crabbe (knee) are likely out, although the first two will be game-time decisions for the coaching staff.
  • Keep an eye on John Collins in the absence of Young. The big man is coming off a 30-point, seven-rebound performance against the Heat on Tuesday and he should be Atlanta’s premiere offensive threat if Young remains sidelined for a considerable amount of time.

THE PREDICTION

Most of the Hawks’ success early in the season came thanks to Trae Young, as the star point guard was the one carrying Atlanta offensively. They should be a below-average team with him sidelined, and that should be enough reason to consider Miami as favourites, especially after the return of Jimmy Butler to the Heat’s starting line-up.

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